ABC of Research Methodology and Applied Biostatistics—A Primer for Clinicians and Researchers

by Mahendra N Parikh, Nithya Gogtay

Medical students are exposed to epidemiological research while studying Preventive and Social Medicine. During undergraduate days, they have opportunities to learn Research Methodology if they wish to. But during postgraduate training they must learn Research Methodology while working on and writing their thesis or dissertation which is an essential and integral part of the postgraduate examination. Unfortunately, thesis writing is often not taken seriously and considered a mere formality at a vast majority of universities in the developing countries. The current scientific methods of conducting research developed over the past six decades have been refined only in the last 30 years. Even the Heads of Departments in many medical colleges are ignorant of these new methods. As a result, most published research is poorly done and there is a great need to improve the quality of research done especially in developing countries. Clinicians must become knowledgeable about the basics of Research Methodology including the basis of Applied Biostatistics to be able to evaluate the medical literature they read. The junior author is regularly conducting training programs of 12 half-day sessions for undergraduate and postgraduate medical students since 2003 besides being part of the editorial team of the Journal of Postgraduate Medicine and Journal of Association of Physicians of India for a decade. During these activities involving training hundreds of researchers and clinicians, we realized a great need for a simple, compact and comprehensive book on this subject, written in plain language, devoid of scientific jargon and directed at clinicians and research workers. Most western books are beyond the reach of readers in developing countries due to their prohibitive cost and complexity of writing. This book is written keeping in mind the needs of undergraduate and postgraduate students and their teachers, junior researchers and their guides and the clinicians. The clinicians are consumers of research since they utilize it in their day-to-day practice. The book will in a small way contribute to improving the quality of research done in developing countries and empower the clinicians to evaluate the quality of research that they read in journals and listen to in conferences.


Book Detail

Author Author's Affiliation
1. Parikh Mahendra N
Seth GS Medical College and Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Seth GS Medical College and Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital, Mumbai
Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College, Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India; Shushrusha Citizens’ Cooperative Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India; Fertility Sterility, India; The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital, Mumbai
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2. Gogtay Nithya Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India; Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India
Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India
ISBN 9788184485066
Speciality Biostatistics and Research Methodology
DOI 10.5005/jp/books/10026
Edition 1/e
Publishing Year 2009
Pages 156
Book Type Reference


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