Research is an integral component of any undergraduate healthcarecourse, and is also vital for continuing professional development(CPD). This book is an invaluable guide for students andpractitioners who need to acquire a wide range of relevant skills,and it will equip them not only to assess the quality of publishedstudies and apply findings to clinical practice, but also toundertake research themselves. An experienced team of contributors provide detailedexplanations of the main concepts and methods used in criticalappraisal of published research, and guide the reader inintegrating these quality indicators into their own studies toensure rigour in planning, design, and execution. Drawing on bothquantitative and qualitative approaches, the authors write with anemphasis on the development of sound research skills throughcase-based illustrative examples and scenarios, with helpfulsummaries and practical exercises throughout. They also give adviceon writing abstracts, presenting papers at conferences, andliaising with publishers. Ultimately, this text will enable readersto have full confidence in understanding, undertaking, anddisseminating empirical research.