- Book and Website
- Information to Supplement the Text
- Websites In This Chapter
- Read Jeanne's Blog
Informatics and Research
- Deidentified Data (Chapter 20)
- Bibliographic Management Software (Chapter 6)
- De-identified Data (Chapter 13)
- Electronic Bibliographic Search Tools (Chapter 11)
- Excel for Statistics
- Medical Informatics Research
- Nursing Journals - list with editor contact (off site)
- Predatory Publishers
- Online Surveys
- Qualitative Resources
- Research Tips
- Tutorials for Finding Information and Also (Chapter 11)
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.
A web-based inventory of print journal evaluation studies in medical informatics 1982 - 2005.
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)
The User Experience (UX) Of Rating Things. Before deciding on the best way to ask questions, read this blog.
Best practices for survey design.
Tips to enhance survey respondent rate.
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)).
Kaczmirek, Lars (2004). A thorough discussion and checklist for online surveys and software is available in this pdf document. The typeface is somewhat faint.
A check list to be certain that you are submitting an article to a reputable journal.
A list of journal editorials about predatory publishing, all of which are open access.
Individual Papers, Collections of Papers, Posters, and Abstracts from the Qualitative Report.
What is Qualitative Research? A down to earth description.
Ospina, Sonia. Qualitative Research. A more thorough, scholarly description of qualitative research.
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.
Online Statistics Book
Pitfalls of Data Analysis (or How to Avoid Lies and Damned Lies). A down to earth explanation of statistics.
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)
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.
You enter data and the tool here calculates different types of stats. Also has tutorials about each type.
Statistics tutorial from University of Michigan School of Nursing at (requires the latest Flash reader which is available at http://www.flash.com/)
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)
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!
Avoiding Predatory Publishers. A list of things to check to be certain that you are not submitting to a spurious journal.
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.
Comparison of analysis capabilities of free statistical programs is available at http://freestatistics.altervista.org/en/comp.php
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
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
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)
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
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/
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
Created February 4, 2012, updated OCtober 2, 2015