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Single-Case Experimental Designs for Clinical Research and Neurorehabilitation Settings


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Preface 1. Introduction to Single-Case Experimental Designs: Historical Overview and Basic Concepts 2. Maximising Validity in Single-Case Designs 3. The Dependent Variable: Measuring the Outcomes 4. The Independent Variable: Implementing the Intervention 5. Withdrawal/Reversal Designs 6. Multiple-Baseline Designs 7. Alternating-Treatments Designs 8. Changing-Criterion Designs 9. Data Evaluation 10. Practical Application of Single-Case Methods in the Neurorehabilitation Setting: Hints for the Researcher and Clinician Appendix: Summary Components of Selected Neurorehabilitation Studies

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Robyn L. Tate is Research Professor at the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Australia. Michael Perdices is Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia.


"This volume represents no less than a quantum leap in the application of single-case designs to the rehabilitation setting. With crisp writing and meticulous scholarship, Tate and Perdices have given us an instant classic on an increasingly important route to evidence-based practice. They unpack the confusing terminology, explain all of the design variations, and offer a valuable ten-step approach to implementation. This book will fill a much-needed niche in clinics, classrooms, and laboratories the world over." - Tessa Hart, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, USA "Tate and Perdices have written a comprehensive, crystal clear guide for how to conduct and analyze SCED studies specific to the field of neurorehabilitation. This book will be my go to resource for designing and evaluating SCED studies and teaching this methodology to my students. Without a doubt, this text will elevate the evidence-base for interventions designed to improve the lives of people affected by neurological disease and injury." - McKay Moore Sohlberg, University of Oregon, USA "Several ingredients make this book a valuable guideline for applied researchers: advice on enhancing internal and external validity when planning and conducting studies that can contribute to identifying evidence-based practices, overview of the myriad of data analytical options, and suggestions for comprehensive reporting. The practical approach is boosted by the integration of all these aspects in a ten-step illustration." - Rumen Manolov, University of Barcelona, Spain "Tate and Perdices have produced a text that captures their years of experience and expertise, and they clearly set the standard for applying single-case experimental designs in the context of neuropsychological rehabilitation. The text provides in-depth discussion of scientific methodology that informs clinical research, but goes beyond that to provide practical advice and direct guidance that will allow clinicians to evaluate the effectiveness of their treatments and inform their future practice. This work is a unique contribution to the field for scientist-practitioners." - Keith Cicerone, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, USA

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