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"The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge."
Thomas Berger


Prostate-specific-antigen (PSA) testing in asymptomatic men

Prostate-specific-antigen (PSA) testing in asymptomatic men.  National Health & Medical Research Council, 2014.

This new information document for health practitioners was developed by a multidisciplinary expert advisory group with broad representation from disciplines including general practice, medical oncology, urology, pathology, public health, epidemiology, Aboriginal and rural health, and evidence-based practice. Consumers were also represented.

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Heart disease deaths still falling, but dementia on the rise

These are some of the findings revealed in the latest Causes of death, Australia (2012) from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  This publication presents statistics on the number of deaths by state or territory of Australia, sex, selected age groups, and cause of death.

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The Thesis whisperer

Planning your research doesn't have to be a solitary experience. The Thesis whisperer is a  blog newspaper dedicated to the topic of undertaking a thesis (edited by Dr Inger Mewburn, Director of research training at the Australian National University).  You will find a wealth of experience and coaching from this blog. 

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Introduction to research methods

The Library has prepared this list of books about research in support of the Introduction to research methods lecture series being offered by the Office for Research.  All books are available for loan from the Library.

An insider's guide to clinical trials / Curtis L. Meinert. New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.  On the library shelf at: 610.724 MEI 2011
This invaluable guide explains how clinical trials are designed and run, how to interpret the results, and what to make of them in general. 

Clinical research manual : practical tools and templates for managing clinical research / R. Jennifer Cavalieri and Mark E. Rupp.  Indianapolis : Sigma Theta Tau International, 2013.  On the library shelf at: 610.724 CAV 2013
This manual offers the foundation needed to successfully organise research operations.  It includes examples for working through study feasibility, budgeting, risk management and daily study activities. 

Clinical trials handbook: design and conduct / Curtis L. Meinert. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, c2013.  On the library shelf at: 610.724 MEI 2013
This handbook provides a thorough and systematic approach to all aspects of designing and conducting clinical trials.  The logistical, ethical, psychological, behavioural and administrative issues inherent to clinical trials are also addressed.

How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine / Trisha Greenhalgh. 4th ed. London: BMJ Books, 2010. On the library shelf at: 616.0072 GRE 2010
Chapters on searching the literature and implementing the evidence provide guidance on using evidence-based medicine in clinical practice. This very readable text covers systematic reviews, meta-analyses, guidelines, economic analyses, qualitative research and much more. 

Essential guide to reading biomedical papers : recognising and interpreting best practice / edited by Philip D. Langton.  Chicester, West Sussex : Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.  On the library shelf at: 610.724 ESS 2013
This concise, easy-to-follow text gives an insight into core techniques and practices in biomedical research and how, when and why a technique should be used and presented in the literature.  Readers are alerted to common failures and misinterpretations that may evade peer review and are equipped with the judgement necessary to be properly critical of the findings claimed in research articles.

Systematic approaches to a successful literature review / Andrew Booth, Diana Papaioannou, Anthea Sutton.  London : Sage, 2012. On the library shelf at: 616.0072 BOO 2012
Through case studies and numerous examples, this book outlines all aspects of a literature review from defining the scope and searching the literature to analysing the findings and presenting the data. As the authors note, without a literature review "you will not only face the danger of reinventing the wheel but, even more critically, you will run the risk of 'reinventing the flat tyre'!"

Clinical epidemiology: how to do clinical practice research / R. Brian Haynes et al. 3rd ed.   Philadelphia : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2006. On the library shelf at: 614.4 CLI 2006
This text covers the principles behind the procedures for health care research by looking at how to perform clinical research and how to become a successful clinical researcher. With chapters covering data collection and analysis, conducting systematic reviews, and generating outcome measurements. 

Medical writing : a guide for clinicians, educators, and researchers
/ Robert B. Taylor. 2nd ed. New York : Springer, 2011. On the library shelf at: 808.06661 TAY 2011
This conversational style book will provide the know-how to translate observations and ideas into an article, report or book chapter that is ready for publication.   Included is a chapter on writing a research proposal. 

Primer for health research: design and basic statistics / Ronald G. Hicks. Gumma, N.S.W. : Spinoza Publishers, 2010. On the library shelf at: 001.422 HIC 2010
An Australian introductory statistical text written specifically for health professionals working at the grass roots level.

Introduction to statistical methods for clinical trials / edited by Thomas D. Cook, David L. DeMets. Boca Raton : Chapman & Hall/CRC, c2008. On the library shelf at: 001.422 COO 2008
Providing a solid understanding of the statistical approaches used in clinical trials, this text shows that the results of RCTs are best understood through the application of sound statistical principles.

Biostatistics: the bare essentials / Geoffrey R. Norman, David L. Streiner, 2nd  ed. Hamilton, Ont. : B.C. Decker, 2000. On the library shelf at 001.422 NOR
This book covers the broad areas of data description, probability, analysis of variance, regression and correlation, and nonparametric statistics.  This practical, and at times humorous, guide provides the reader with a jargon free understanding of biomedical statistics.

Handy hints for the novice conference presenter: or how to avoid throwing up, passing out or just having a nervous breakdown in front of a live audience / Char Weeks. The Junction NSW, 2010.  On the library shelf at: 808.51 WEE 2010
This book takes the mystery out of writing a winning abstract, preparing and giving a presentation and understanding how you fit as a presenter in the overall scheme of the conference production.

How to write a paper / edited by George M. Hall.  5th ed. Chichester, West Sussex : Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. On the library shelf at: 808.066 HOW 2013
Providing clear instructions on getting published in biomedical journals this bestselling guide includes all aspects of writing each section of a structured paper. 

If the topic you need to address is not covered in any of the titles on this select list use the Library catalogue to find more books. 

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EndNote skills - a must for researchers

Embarking upon some research, or perhaps undertaking some additional study?  Being able to use EndNote will help to keep you sane.  EndNote will store your references and then assist you to create a 'perfect' bibliography when you come to the writing stage.

The next Library EndNote tutorial is to be held on Friday, 4 April, 10.00-11.30 am at the Austin Hospital.  Book online via the Library training page on The Hub, or if you are outside of the network please email us to make a booking.

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New books on display @ Austin

Hankey's clinical neurology / edited by Philip B. Gorelick ... et al.  2nd ed.  CRC Press, 2014.

Nezhat's video-assisted and robotic-assisted laparoscopy and hysteroscopy / edited by Camran Nezhat, Farr Nezhat, and Ceana Nezhat.  4th ed.  Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Smeltzer & Bare's textbook of medical-surgical nursing / edited by Maureen Farrell and Jennifer Dempsey.  3rd ed.  Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2014.

New books on display may be reserved - call 9496 5393.

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Print journals received and currently on display

Note:  the links below provide access to the tables of contents, not necessarily the full text.  Full text may be retrieved from the A-Z Journal list (outside of Austin Health you will need your Library barcode no. and PIN)

American journal of infection control.  Vol. 42, no. 3, March 2014

American journal of respiratory care and critical care medicine.  Vol. 189, no. 1, 1 January 2014

Annals of emergency medicine.  Vol. 63, no. 3, March 2014

Annals of internal medicine.  Vol. 160, no. 6, 18 March 2014

Best practice & research. Clinical gastroenterology.  Vol. 28, no. 1, February 2014 (Laparoscopic surgery)

Best practice & research. Clinical haematology.  Vol. 26, no. 4, December 2013 (Myelodysplastic syndromes: state of the art pathology, diagnosis and management)

BMJ.  Vol. 348, no. 7946, 22 February 2014; Vol. 348, no. 7947, 1 March 2014; Vol. 348, no.7948, 8 March 2014

Breathe.  Vol. 10, no. 1, March 2014

Computerized medical imaging and graphics.  Vol. 38, no. 2, March 2014

Diabetes & metabolism.  Vol. 40, suppl. 1, March 2104

Infant.  Vol. 10, no. 2, March 2014

Infection control & hospital epidemiology.  Vol.35, no. 3, March 2014

Journal of clinical psychiatry.  Vol. 75, no. 1, January 2014

Journal of pediatrics.  Vol. 164, no. 3, March 2014

Journal of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery.  Vol. 67, no. 3, March 2014

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.  Vol. 70, no. 3, March 2014  (Includes section on safety of dermatologic medications in pregnancy and lactation)

Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  Vol. 63, no. 7, 25 February 2014; Vol. 63, no. 8, 4 March 2014

Journal of the Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists.  Vol. 23, no. 2, Winter 2014

Lancet.  Vol. 383, no. 9921, 15 March 2014

Nature.  Vol. 507, no. 7491, 13 March 2014

Nature medicine.  Vol. 20, no. 3, March 2014

Nursing times.  Vol. 110, no. 12, 19 March 2014

Physical therapy.  Vol. 94, no. 3, March 2014

Physiotherapy.  Vol. 100, no. 1, March 2014

Practising midwife.  Vol. 17, no. 3, March 2014

Respiratory medicine.  Vol. 108, no. 2, February 2014; Vol. 108, no. 3, March 2014

Seminars in oncology nursing.  Vol. 30, no. 1, February 2014 (Advancing nursing science within the cooperative group setting)

Transplantation proceedings.  Vol. 46, no. 1, January/February 2014

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