Clinical Data-Mining

Clinical Data-Mining : Integrating Practice and Research

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Clinical Data-Mining (CDM) involves the conceptualization, extraction, analysis, and interpretation of available clinical data for practice knowledge-building, clinical decision-making and practitioner reflection. Depending upon the type of data mined, CDM can be qualitative or quantitative; it is generally retrospective, but may be meaningfully combined with original data collection. Any research method that relies on the contents of case records or information systems data inevitably has limitations, but with proper safeguards these can be minimized. Among CDM's strengths however, are that it is unobtrusive, inexpensive, presents little risk to research subjects, and is ethically compatible with practitioner value commitments. When conducted by practitioners, CDM yields conceptual as well as data-driven insight into their own practice- and program-generated questions. This pocket guide, from a seasoned practice-based researcher, covers all the basics of conducting practitioner-initiated CDM studies or CDM doctoral dissertations, drawing extensively on published CDM studies and completed CDM dissertations from multiple social work settings in the United States, Australia, Israel, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. In addition, it describes consulting principles for researchers interested in forging collaborative university-agency CDM partnerships, making it a practical tool for novice practitioner-researchers and veteran academic-researchers alike. As such, this book is an exceptional guide both for professionals conducting practice-based research as well as for social work faculty seeking an evidence-informed approach to practice-research integration.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 12.7mm | 272.15g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 black and white halftone illustration
  • 019533552X
  • 9780195335521
  • 95,962

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This should be useful to social workers, doctoral students, and practitioners as well as allied health practitioners. It introduces the idea of CDM and the precess of developing a CDM study. * Doody's Notes *show more

About Irwin Epstein

Irwin Epstein, PhD, is Rehr Professor of Applied Social Work Research in the School of Social Work at Hunter College.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ; Introduction ; 1. CDM, Practiced-Based Research, Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Practice ; 2. On the "Discovery" of CDM and Why Practitioners Should Do It ; 3. The "Science" of CDM and the "Art" of Strategic Compromise ; 4. Practitioner-Initiated CDM Studies: Principles and Exemplars ; 5. The Quantitative CDM Doctoral Dissertation ; 6. Breaking New Ground: Qualitative CDM ; 7. The Possible Futures of CDM and Evidence-Based Practice ; Glossary ; References ; Indexshow more

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