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Conducting Health Research
Principles, Process, and Methods



March 2019 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Conducting Health Research: Principles, Process, and Methods presents an integrated and practical introduction to the principles and strategies for planning, implementing, reporting, and assessing health sciences research. Comprehensive in its breadth and depth, with an accessible writing style, this text prepares students in public health and related fields to be adept researchers and consumers of health research.

Through real-world examples and step-by-step guidance, Frederick J. Kviz provides students with the skills they need to: identify and evaluate research strengths and limitations as practitioners; to actually perform the various core aspects of research; and to choose among alternative methods when making decisions about health practice, policy, and future research needs.

 
Preface
 
Companion Website
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1 • The Nature and Process of Research
Learning Objectives  
Overview  
The Nature of Research  
The Research Process  
Key Points  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 2 • Conducting Ethically Responsible Research
Learning Objectives  
Overview  
Ethical Principles of Research With Human Subjects  
Federal Regulations  
Privacy Protection  
Key Points  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 3 • Variables and Relationships
Learning Objectives  
Overview  
Types of Variables  
Attributes of Relationships  
Causal Concepts  
Key Points  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 4 • Research Design Diagrams and Components
Learning Objectives  
Overview  
Research Design Diagrams  
Research Design Components  
Key Points  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 5 • Research Design Validity
Learning Objectives  
Overview  
Observational Designs  
Causal Designs  
Internal Validity Threats and Strategies  
External Validity Threats and Strategies  
Balancing Internal and External Validity  
Key Points  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 6 • Research Designs
Learning Objectives  
Overview  
Observational Designs  
Causal Designs  
Key Points  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 7 • Random Sampling and Assignment
Learning Objectives  
Overview  
Random Sampling  
Random Assignment  
Key Points  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 8 • The Measurement Process
Learning Objectives  
Overview  
From Concepts to Data  
Levels of Measuremen  
Measurement Theory  
Assessing Measurement Reliability  
Assessing Measurement Validity  
Item Response Theory  
Key Points  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 9 • Developing a Measurement Instrument
Learning Objectives  
Overview  
The Instrument Development Process  
Using Existing Instruments  
Developing a Rating Scale  
Key Points  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 10 • Developing a Structured Questionnaire
Learning Objectives  
Overview  
Key Concepts  
Questionnaire Development Process  
Questionnaire Design and Data Collection Mode  
Questionnaire Format  
Questionnaire Structure  
Key Points  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 11 • Writing Survey Questions
Learning Objectives  
Overview  
Types of Questions  
Question Wording  
Question Structure  
Response Choices  
Key Points  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 12 • Survey Research Methods
Learning Objectives  
Overview  
Basic Concepts  
Data Collection Modes  
Conducting a Survey  
Interviewing  
Key Points  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 13 • Qualitative Research Methods
Learning Objectives  
Overview  
Basic Concepts  
Qualitative Interview Methods  
Observation Methods  
Sampling  
Mixed Methods  
Key Points  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 14 • Secondary Analysis and Existing Data
Learning Objectives  
Overview  
Basic Concepts  
The Secondary Data Analysis Process  
Advantages, Limitations, and Ethics  
Secondary Data Sources  
Synthesizing Results From Multiple Studies  
Key Points  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 15 • The Analysis Process and Reporting Results
Learning Objectives  
Overview  
The Data Analysis Process  
Overview of Quantitative Data Analysis  
Overview of Qualitative Data Analysis  
Reporting Research Results  
Key Points  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

study.sagepub.com/kviz

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides that offer flexibility when creating multimedia lectures so you don’t have to start from scratch but you can customize to your exact needs.
  • Chapter Outlines summarize key concepts by chapter to help you prepare for lectures and class discussions, and can also be used as in-class handouts for students.
  • Full-text SAGE journal articles carefully selected by the author illustrate chapter concepts.
  • Sample syllabi provide suggested models for structuring your course using the text.
  • Figures & Tables from the book available for download.

 

“This text provides clear, detailed, student focused, explanations for critical concepts of research, appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate health sciences students.”

Janet Reid-Hector
Rutgers University

“After reading this text, I know that my students will be on the correct path to starting a productive research career or project.”

Michelle Renee Chyatte
University of Cincinnati

“Very well written with clear explanations of methods and concepts with excellent tables, figures, and examples to assist in the learning processes.”

John R. Contreras
Westminster College

“The textbook is well-written, an excellent resource both in the classroom and in for one's career. Definitely hang onto this book.”

Robert LaChausse
California Baptist University

“With its succinct style and broad coverage this text provides an excellent platform upon which to build a research curriculum. It frees the instructor to provide in depth coverage of preferred topics by providing the essentials in a readily digestible style.”

Robert Duval
West Virginia University
Key features
KEY FEATURES:

  • An integrated approach that balances quantitative and qualitative methods encourages students to consider the full range of possible methods for addressing a research problem.
  • Three chapters addressing survey and questionnaire design prepare students to produce a quality research project.
  • Key Points boxes provide students with bulleted lists of salient points for at-a-glance reference and review.
  • Learning Objectives appear at the beginning of each chapter and are tied to assessment material.
  • Key Concept sidebars highlight the definitions of important terms and areincluded in the glossary for easy reference.
  • Review and Apply exercises allow students to apply the concepts learned to real-life situations and can be used by instructors as assignments or research projects.
  • Figures, tables, and diagrams provide students with visual examples of major concepts.
  • Learning Checks questions give students a chance to pause and assess their understanding and can be used by instructors as discussion questions.
  • Chapter Summaries focus on key chapter points for students to review.



Sample Materials & Chapters

1: The Nature and Process of Research

6: Research Designs


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