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An Introduction to Health Services Research
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An Introduction to Health Services Research
A Practical Guide

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© 2014 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This is a primary, comprehensive textbook for people who are considering undertaking a piece of health-related research. It is an accessible companion with the aim of getting the reader to think broadly about all of the issues that need to be considered when embarking on a project.

This is a pragmatic book, a step-by-step guide to research which mirrors the structure of a research project, taking you through the thought process for designing and conducting your study from formulating the right research question at idea inception, ascertaining what methodologies and analysis can answer what type of questions, right through to dissemination, all presented in an easy, digestible style.

The book is full of case study illustrations and practical tips such as how to work out a research budget and obtaining funding for your project, discussion of what permissions need to obtained when conducting research with people, and how to involve public and patients. The authors are all experienced researchers and so this book is an accumulation of collective wisdom on common research challenges and issues.

 
Forward
 
Part One – Getting Started
 
Asking the Right Question
 
Finding the Evidence to Support your Research Question
 
Critical Appraisal
 
Developing an Effective Research
 
Budget and Funding
 
Part Two – General Methodologies
 
Quantitative Methodology
 
Qualitative Methodology
 
Mixed Methods
 
Part Three – Specific Methodologies
 
Health Economics
 
Epidemiology
 
Clinical Trials
 
Surveys
 
The Internet as a Research Medium
 
Systematic Reviews
 
Part Four – Conducting Valid, and Ethical Research
 
Ethics and Informed Consent
 
Public Patient Involvement
 
Sampling
 
Recruitment and Retention
 
Part Five – Analysis and Dissemination
 
Quantitative Analysis
 
Qualitative Analysis
 
Dissemination
 
Conclusion
 
Glossary
 
Bibliography
 
Index

Sample Materials & Chapters

An Introduction to Health Services Research: Asking the Right Questions


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