About The Book

This book is designed for healthcare professionals who desire to become critical and intelligent consumers of research literature in their chosen fields. It provides general guidelines, in highly specific terms, to students to critically evaluate whether particular research is valuable, based on the appropriateness of research design, methodology, and statistics. This book offers a clear road map for healthcare professionals to apply knowledge obtained from good research in appropriate publications and also to apply that knowledge in everyday practice. Plainly speaking, this book enables healthcare professionals to use this newly gained, critical acumen in their practice.

About The Author

Jerry Cranford, PhD, is currently Professor of Audiology and Hearing Science in the Department of Communication Disorders at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Cranford did his undergraduate training, majoring in Psychology, at Wichita State University. In 1969, he was awarded a Ph.D.degaree in Experiment Psychology from Vanderbilt University. During the fourth year of his training at Vandy, he took a neuroanatomy course in the Vanderbilt medical school and became totally hooked on brain sciences. This triggered an instense 5- year long postdoctural training experience which included two years as a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Neurosciences at Duke University followed by an additional three years of training at the Center for Neural Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. At age 40, Dr. Cranford underwent a “midlife crises” and went back to school at the LSUHSC in New Orleans to obtain training and clinical certification in Clinical Audiology. From 1985 to the present, Dr. Cranford has been on the faculty of speech and hearing programs (first at Wichita State, then East Carolina University, and now back at the LSUHSC in New Orleans). Prior to 1985, Dr. Cranford’s primary duties involved training ENT residents and performing NIH funded animal model studies on central auditory nervous system function. Following 1985, he switched to studying electrophysiological and behavioral effects of central auditory disorders in human patients and training clinical graduate students in speech and hearing.

Table oF Contents

  • What Is research? A Brief Overview
  • Getting Started
  • Developing a Plan of Action
  • How to Survive the Tedious Data Collection Process
  • Some Tips on How to Combine Research with a Busy Clinical Practice
  • What Did I Find? Is It Real?
  • Writing Up and Publishing the Findings
  • Pitfalls to Avoid in Research in Humans
  • Finding Monies to Help Pay the Bills
  • References and Suggested Readings
  • Index

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