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Conducting Health Research
Principles, Process, and Methods



March 2019 | 512 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
 
Chapter 1: The Nature and Process of Research
Overview  
Learning Objectives  
The Nature of Research  
The Research Process  
Summary  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 2: Conducting Ethically Responsible Research
Overview  
Learning Objectives  
Ethical Principles of Research with Human Subjects  
Federal Regulations  
Privacy Protection  
Summary  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 3: Variables and Relationships
Overview  
Learning Objectives  
Types of Variables  
Attributes of Relationships  
Causal Concepts  
Summary  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 4: Research Design Diagrams and Components
Overview  
Learning Objectives  
Research Design Diagrams  
Research Design Components  
Summary  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 5: Research Design Validity
Overview  
Learning Objectives  
Observational Designs  
Causal Designs  
Internal Validity Threats and Strategies  
External Validity Threats and Strategies  
Balancing Internal and External Validity  
Summary  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 6: Research Designs
Overview  
Learning Objectives  
Observational Designs  
Causal Designs  
Summary  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 7: Random Sampling and Assignment
Overview  
Learning Objectives  
Random Sampling  
Random Assignment  
Summary  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 8: The Measurement Process
Overview  
Learning Objectives  
From Concepts to Data  
Levels of Measurement  
Measurement Theory  
Assessing Measurement Reliability  
Assessment Measurement Validity  
Item Response Theory  
Summary  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 9: Developing a Measurement Instrument
Overview  
Learning Objectives  
The Instrument Development Process  
Using Existing Agreements  
Developing a Rating Scale  
Summary  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 10: Developing a Structured Questionnaire
Overview  
Learning Objectives  
Key Concepts  
Questionnaire Development Process  
Questionnaire Design and Data Collection Mode  
Questionnaire Format  
Questionnaire Structure  
Summary  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 11: Writing Survey Questions
Overview  
Learning Objectives  
Types of Questions  
Question Wording  
Question Structure  
Response Choices  
Interval/Ratio Level  
Summary  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 12: Survey Research Methods
Overview  
Learning Objectives  
Basic Concepts  
Data Collection Modes  
Conducting a Survey  
Interviewing  
Summary  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 13: Qualitative Research Methods
Overview  
Learning Objectives  
Basic Key Concepts  
Qualitative Interview Methods  
Observation Methods  
Sampling  
Mixed Methods  
Summary  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 14: Secondary Analysis and Existing Data
Overview  
Learning Objectives  
Basic Concepts  
The Secondary Data Analysis Process  
Advantages, Limitations, and Ethics  
Secondary Data Sources  
Synthesizing Results from Multiple Studies  
Summary  
Review and Apply  
Study Further  
 
Chapter 15: The Analysis Process and Reporting Results
Overview  
Learning Objectives  
The Data Analysis Process  
Overview of Quantitative Data Analysis  
Overview of Qualitative Data Analysis  
Reporting Research Results  
Summary  
Study Further  
 
Appendix
 
References
 
Glossary
 
Index
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.



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