This book addresses a wide range of topics, from the principles of evidence-based practice to the process and dissemination of research to unique considerations such as clinical trials, patenting, and health services research. The case for evidence-based practice and a collaborative research culture is made first, followed by a series of chapters walking the reader through the research process by way of the scientific method. One of the more unique aspects of the scope of this book is the inclusion of chapters relating to the dissemination of knowledge, manuscript publication, and how to build an academic research program. Each chapter focuses on introducing the reader to foundational principles, methodology, and terminology, and highlight case studies of radiation therapist research or experience that is relevant to provide contextual examples and inspiration to the reader.
Table of Contents
Section 1: Making a Case for Research
CHAPTER 1: Evidence-Based Medicine and the Scientific Method; Lori Holden
CHAPTER 2: Literature Reviews; Caitlin Gillan and Jacyln Jacques MRT(T) BSc
CHAPTER 3: Research Proposals; Emily Sinclair, Craig Elith, and Tracey Rose
CHAPTER 4: Research Ethics Applications; Laura D‘Alimonte, Bonnie Bristow, and Rosanna Macri
Section 2: Methodologies
CHAPTER 5: Quantitative Methodologies and Analysis; Michael Velec and Shao Hui (Sophie) Huang
CHAPTER 6: Qualitative Methodologies and Analysis; Caitlin Gillan, Cathryne Palmer, and Amanda Bolderston
CHAPTER 7: Survey Methodologies and Analysis; Ruth Barker
Section 3: Unique Considerations in Research
CHAPTER 8: Clinical Trials; Lori Holden
CHAPTER 9: Health Services Research and Program Evaluation; Gunita Mitera, Kate Bak, Elizabeth Murray, and Eric Gutierrez
CHAPTER 10: Innovation and Invention; Colleen Dickie and Amy Parent
Section 4: Reporting Research
CHAPTER 11: Knowledge Dissemination: Value and Approaches; Katherine Jensen, Brian Liszewski, and Caitlin Gillan
CHAPTER 12: Preparing and Submitting a Manuscript for Submission; John French
Section 5: Research Culture
CHAPTER 13: Academia and Scholarship; Nicole Harnett
CHAPTER 14: Getting Started: Building a Research and Evidence-Based Culture; Lisa DiProspero and Carol-Anne Davis
"A WELL-WRITTEN, ALL-ENCOMPASSING GUIDE to clinical research. The chapters are well presented, engaging, and appealing to any medical radiation technologist wishing to participate in research. A truly collaborative piece of work that shines a light on the talented professional contributors whose work enhances their working environment is well highlighted. This book is A MUST HAVE FOR MEDICAL RADIATION TECHNOLOGISTS who are serious about enhancing their profession. . . . Full of excellent advice with the case studies from practitioners giving the book an authenticity that will promote the use across medical radiation therapy practitioners . . . The book contributors are a veritable who’s who in the radiation therapy community and provide an excellent cross-sectional demonstration of examples of potential research."
— Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences; reviewed by Fiona Mitchell, BC Institute of Technology, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
"An all-encompassing reference tool for radiation therapy students and radiation therapists. The chapters are well organized and well written, summarizing what for many can seem like an overwhelming amount of information. The 'Hot Tips' and 'Case Examples' skillfully highlight the critical points in the chapters and engage the reader in the practical application of the key concepts This book, written by radiation therapists for radiation therapists, and in fact for any healthcare professional embarking on a research path, provides the building blocks for evidence-based research ideal for research enthusiasts with varying degrees of experience. What an outstanding collaboration by members of our profession!"
—Ms. Marcia Smoke, Head of Radiation Therapy & Clinical Education Director, Juravinski Cancer Centre & Walker Family Cancer Centre, Hamilton, Canada
"The editors of this book are to be congratulated for their vision and leadership in putting this resource together, the first of its kind for radiation therapists by radiation therapists. It says a lot about how far the profession has come, and speaks volumes about the great things to expect in the future."
—From the Preface by Pamela Catton, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, and Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Canada
"As a radiation therapist who has embarked on research projects over the years, I can only say I wish I had a copy of this book back then. The authors of the book have done a great job of covering the topic of research from many differing aspects, making the book appeal to a wide audience. The chapters are well presented and engaging. The inclusion of 'hot tips' and case studies will serve the radiation therapy community well. A truly collaborative piece of work that shines a light on the talented professionals who work in radiation therapy. A must-have for any radiation therapist who is serious about enhancing their profession."
—Dr. Fiona Mitchell, Associate Dean of Diagnostics, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, Canada
"An important textbook for the profession. It is essential that we are undertaking evidence-based patient care, and this book is a much-needed resource for radiation therapists, aiding them to have the confidence and skills to undertake and participate in research projects. It is full of debate, case studies, and some really useful practical tips on how to achieve research in the clinical setting. This should be required reading for the whole profession."
—Dr. Rachel Harris, Professional Officer for Research, The Society and College of Radiographers, London, United Kingdom