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1st Edition

Research Methods for Medical Graduates

ISBN 9781032087252
Published June 30, 2021 by CRC Press
320 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book discusses the why and how of each step of data-based medical research that can provide basic information to emerging researchers and medical graduate students who write theses or publish articles. The chapters are arranged in the sequence of steps for data-based research. The research steps are comprehensively covered from the selection of the topic to the final publication. Reporting methods such as CONSORT, STARD, and SAMPL guidelines are also covered. Each chapter has separately earmarked examples from the contemporary literature that illustrate the different research methods.

Key Features

  • Discusses all the steps of data-based medical research

  • Examines the topics in depth by way of examples from contemporary literature

  • Features notable information in boxes for special attention


Table of Contents

  1. Basics of Medical Research

  2. The Topic of Medical Research

  3. Study Designs: An Overview

  4. Clinical Trials

  5. Observational Studies (20 pages)

  6. Assessment of Medical Factors

  7. Methodology of Data Collection

  8. Sampling and Sample Size (20 pages)

  9. Research Protocol

  10. Processing of Data

  11. Statistical Analysis

  12. Writing a Thesis or a Paper, and Oral Presentation

  13. Reporting Guidelines

  14. Reporting Ethics and Peer Reviews

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Abhaya Indrayan, PhD, has been providing research guidance to medical graduates for the past 30 years and has been conducting online courses for medical professionals around the world for 15 years.


This book provides a broad overview of research methods for medical students. It covers issues related to study design, data collection and analysis, ethical considerations, and dissemination. The book touches upon the main domains of empiric research methods. It goes beyond research primers published as articles in peer-reviewed journals. Some of the book's frameworks and terms come from the author's experiences. Most would probably find standard texts on health-related research topics, which often have overview chapters, to be a better starting point when learning research basics.

Sean Tackett, MD MPH(Johns Hopkins Hospital)