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Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Public Health

Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Public Health

September 2011 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Public health research methods for the 21st century

Designed to meet the needs of public health students, practitioners, and researchers, this exciting and contemporary new text from the author of Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research, Second Edition offers a firm grounding in qualitative and mixed methods, including their social science roots and public health applications. It uniquely addresses two profound changes taking place in public health in the 21st century: the explosion of interest in global public health, and the growing reliance on community-engaged research methods. The author brings public health to life through the use of real-world case studies drawn from the author's funded research projects in breast cancer screening as well as homelessness and mental illness.

1. Introduction
2. Choosing the Right Qualitative Approach(es)
3. Mixed Methods
4. Getting Started: Study Design and Sampling
5. Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
6. Entering the Field and Conducting Observation
7. Interviewing and Use of Documents
8. Data Analysis and Interpretation
9. Strategies for Rigor
10. Telling the Story: Writing Up the Qualitative Study
About the Author

I found this book really helpful and it meets a need for a concise, usable resource for students undertaking qualitative/mixed method postgraduate research. The text is well structured, leading the student through the research process.
The language is deliberately accessible and initially I was concerned about suitability but overall, with some students facing language challenges, I think it is appropriate.
I showed it to some of my students who particularly liked the boxed examples and the exercises. The style is very student friendly - using sub-headings, supporting incremental development. A useful text.

Mrs Jane Thomas
School of Health Science, Swansea University
June 27, 2012

Provides reader with an appropriate introduction to a variety of health research methods specific within the public health arena. Chapters are set out in a clear and logical format, thus providing reader with an easy to follow guide.

Ms Noreen Walsh
Primary & Public Health, Anglia Ruskin University
April 14, 2012

Simple and easy to read introductory book on qualitative research. Useful for beginners who would like to embark on qualitative and mixed methods research.

Dr Anselm Su
Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Malaya
December 29, 2011

It illustrates many perspectives that support the course objectives and simplifies many concepts for students to understand.

November 4, 2011
Key features

Features and Benefits:

· Boxed Insert Case Examples illustrate key concepts as well as methodological skills, exposing readers to a variety of applications of the methods in global health settings.

· End-of-Chapter Exercises give students the opportunity to develop and hone their research skills.

· Suggested Additional Readings and Resources direct students to more in-depth readings that build upon the book's content. Resources such as websites and information on analytic software are additional benefits to grasping the methods.

· Instruction on Writing Grant Proposals in the appendix offers suggestions and information based upon the author's successful experience in obtaining funding for qualitative and mixed method research.

· Diverse Methodological Options are described, including case studies, ethnography, grounded theory, and mixed method designs.

· Cross-Cultural Issues, Rapid Assessment Procedures, and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) are covered through methodological instruction and case studies.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Introduction

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