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Informatics and Research

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Applications and Competencies

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Excel for Statistics

Problems With Using Microsoft Excel for Statistics. The author, Jonathan D. Cryer, maintains that most of the charts offered in Excel should never be used because they distort data.
http://www.stat.uiowa.edu/~jcryer/JSMTalk2001.pdf

Medical Informatics Research

A web-based inventory of print journal evaluation studies in medical informatics 1982 - 2005.
http://evaldb.umit.at/index.htm

Castro, Daniel (2009). The Role of Information Technology in Medical Research. Article that discusses the need to modernize our healthcare system so that health informatics will permit healthcare research like that possible in the UK. (Added October 24,2009)
http://itif.org/files/2009-it-medical-research.pdf

Online Surveys

The User Experience (UX) Of Rating Things. Before deciding on the best way to ask questions, read this blog.
http://www.bennadel.com/blog/2509-The-User-Experience-UX-Of-Rating-Things.htm

Best practices for survey design.
http://s3.amazonaws.com/SurveyMonkeyFiles/SmartSurvey.pdf

Tips to enhance survey respondent rate.
http://s3.amazonaws.com/SurveyMonkeyFiles/Response_Rates.pdf

Wright, K. B. (2005). "Researching Internet-based populations: Advantages and disadvantages of online survey research, online questionnaire authoring software packages, and web survey services." Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 10(3 (Article 11)).
http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol10/issue3/wright.html

Kaczmirek, Lars (2004). A thorough discussion and checklist for online surveys and software is available in this pdf document. The typeface is somewhat faint.
http:\\www.websm.org/uploadi/editor/kaczmirek2004-choosing-survey-software.pdf

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Qualitative Resources

Individual Papers, Collections of Papers, Posters, and Abstracts from the Qualitative Report.
http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/text.html

What is Qualitative Research? A down to earth description.
http://www.qsrinternational.com/what-is-qualitative-research.aspx

Ospina, Sonia. Qualitative Research. A more thorough, scholarly description of qualitative research.
www.wagner.nyu.edu/leadership/publications/files/Qualitative_Research.pdf

Research Tips

Business Research Lab. Although maintained by a commercial organization,this site provides helpful hints on some aspects of research. Links to many different aspects of research including sample size, how long a questionnaire should be and the science of sampling.
http://www.busreslab.com/tips/tipsgen.htm

 

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Statistics

Online Statistics Book
http://davidmlane.com/hyperstat/index.html

Pitfalls of Data Analysis (or How to Avoid Lies and Damned Lies). A down to earth explanation of statistics.
http://my.execpc.com/~helberg/pitfalls/

Free statistical software for many different types of statistics. You will find it helpful to read the reviews before downloading, some may require more computer sophistication than you wish to employ. (Added November 12, 2009)
http://www.freestatistics.info/stat.php

Statistics Calculators

CUErgo Statistics Helper. Has information to help you decide on an appropriate statistical test for your design as well as an online statistical program available free.
http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/CUSTATS/INDEX.HTM

You enter data and the tool here calculates different types of stats. Also has tutorials about each type.
http://www.easycalculation.com/statistics/statistics.php

Statistics calculators
http://danielsoper.com/statcalc3/default.aspx

Statistics Tutorial

Statistics tutorial from University of Michigan School of Nursing at (requires the latest Flash reader which is available at http://www.flash.com/)
http://www.nursing.umich.edu/studentresources/modules.html

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Templates

Cpk Info. A collection of freely downloadable Excel templates for Scatter Plots, Stratification Diagrams, Pareto Charts, Gantt Charts, Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA), Histograms, Fish Bone Diagrams, Design of Experiments, Control Charts, Box Plots, and Flow Charts. (Added December 7, 2009)
http://www.asq.org/learn-about-quality/tools-templates.html

Writing the Research Paper

Hamid, S. Writing a Research Paper. An excellent resource that starts by describing the process, provides information on the types of research papers, hints for understanding the assignment and many, many more. Helpful to first timers as well as experienced writers!
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/workshops/hypertext/ResearchW/

 

Applications and Competencies

Search for research findings at the AHRQ located at http://www.ahrq.gov/research/.
a. Find a fact sheet regarding the health of minority women in the United States and
summarize the findings.

b. Look for research synthesis on hospital nurse staffing and quality of care. Summarize the main findings.

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Websites from the Text in Chapter 24

Comparison of analysis capabilities of free statistical programs is available at http://freestatistics.altervista.org/en/comp.php

Statsoft at http://www.statsoft.com/textbook/stathome.html?esc.html&1

Online statistics: An interactive multimedia course of study at http://onlinestatbook.com/

Rice virtual lab in statistics at http://onlinestatbook.com/rvls.html

Research methods knowledge base at
http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/

National Library of Medicine: National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/outreach.html

DataFerrett, a browser designed by the federal government
http://dataferrett.census.gov/

Research, statistics, data, and systems http://www.cms.hhs.gov/home/rsds.asp

NINR - clinical topics http://www.ninr.nih.gov/

Monthly summaries of research are made available at http://www.medscape.com/index/section_1221_0

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality http://www.ahrq.gov/data/

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (CDC) http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/brfss/

Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov/bls/safety.htm

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services http://www.cms.hhs.gov/home/rsds.asp

Department of Health and Human Services Gateway to Data and Statistics http://www.hhs-stat.net (No longer available at this URL)

FedStats http://www.fedstats.gov/

FirstGov http://www.usa.gov/

Health Insurance Information from the Census Bureau http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/hlthins/hlthins.html (No longer available at this URL)Instead located at http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/hlthins/. Also
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/hlthins/data/index.html

Health Resources and Services Administration Geospatial Data Warehouse http://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/

Healthy People 2010 http://www.healthypeople.gov/Data/

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/weekcvol.html

National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov/statistics/finding

National Center for Health Statistics http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/express.htm

National Program of Cancer Registries http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/npcr/

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: National Outcome Measures http://www.nationaloutcomemeasures.samhsa.gov/outcome/sa_pre.asp (No longer available at this URL)Instead go to http://www.samhsa.gov/SAMHSA_news/VolumeXV_2/text_only/article10txt.htm

National Vital Statistics Survey http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss.htm

Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars/

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Websites from the Reference List in Chapter 24

Chen, T. (2003). The history of statistical thinking in medicine. In Y. Lu & J.-Q. Fang (Eds.), Advanced medical statistics. World Scientific. Retrieved March 13, 2007, from www.worldscibooks.com/etextbook/4854/4854_chap1.pdf

Fitzpatrick, M. (2006). Using data to drive performance improvement in hospitals. Health Management Technology, 27(12), 10–16. Retrieved December 16, 2010, from http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0DUD/is_12_27/ai_n17165803/

Fox, S., & Jones, S. (2009). The social life of health information. Retrieved December 16, 2010, from  http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/8-The-Social-life-of-Health-Information.aspx

Pew Research Center. (2006). Maturing Internet news audience – Broader than deep. Retrieved March 13, 2008, from http://people-press.org/reports/pdf/282.pdf

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