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Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy, Third Edition
The Matrix Method

Author(s): Judith Garrard, PhD, Professor, Division of Healthy Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • ISBN-13: 9780763771867
  • Paperback    212 pages      © 2011
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Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method, Fourth Edition helps students and practitioners better understand scientific literature by instilling the essential skills (via the matrix method) needed to evaluate article findings critically. Covered at the most basic level are the fundamental principles of searching, organizing, reviewing, and synthesizing. Woven throughout the text are visual examples and a single case study This easy-to-read and practical reference is an invaluable aid to students, researchers, and practitioners.


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Ideal for graduate and doctorate nursing research courses as well as research courses for physicians, pharmacists, and grad students studying epidemiology, health services research, environmental health, public health nursing, health education, and health care management.
Part I  Fundamentals of a Literature Review
  Chapter 1  Introduction
  Chapter 2  Basic Concepts
Part II  The Matrix Method
  Chapter 3  Paper Trail: How to Plan and Manage a Search of the Literature
  Chapter 4  Documents Folder: How to Select and Organize Documents for Review
  Chapter 5  Review Matrix: How to Abstract the Research Literature
  Chapter 6  Synthesis: How to Use a Review Matrix to Write a Synthesis
Part III  Applications Using the Matrix Method
  Chapter 7  A Library of Lit Review Master Folders
  Chapter 8  The Matrix Indexing System
  Chapter 9  Matrix Applications by Health Sciences Ā¬Professionals
Appendix A  
Appendix B  

Judith Garrard, PhD-Professor, Division of Healthy Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Judith Garrard, PhD, is a research psychologist with postgraduate training in epidemiology. She is has been a professor at the University of Minnesota since 1971. She is the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research in the School of Public Health and Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health.
     Dr. Garrard teaches graduate courses in research methods and program evaluation in health and mental health programs. Her research specialty is pharmacoepidemiology and patient outcomes, with a focus on prescription drug use by elderly people in the community, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. Her peer reviewed publications include papers on psychotropic drug use, including antipsychotics, antidepressants, and antianxiety drugs. Over the past 10 years, she has led a team of colleagues in pharmacy, neurology, and biostatistics in NIH funded research on the use of antiepileptic drug use by nursing home residents. Her past research has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, AHRQ, HCFA, and private foundations including the AARP-Andrus Foundation, Retirement Research Foundation, and the American Society for Consultant Pharmacists.
     In 1989, Dr. Garrard received the Leonard M. Schuman Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 1991 a Career Research Award in social and behavioral geriatrics from the National Institute on Aging, NIH. In 1999, her book, Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method, was published by Aspen Publications, Inc.; 2nd edition: Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2007; and 3rd edition: Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2010.