Evaluating Research in Health and Social Care
- Roger Gomm - The Open University
- Gill Needham - The Open University
- Anne Bullman - The Open University
'[T]he aim of the book is to give health practitioners "the background to read and understand research". I believe that this book is indeed capable of fulfilling this function, and is a useful addition to any research methods reading list. [T]he resource chapters are extremely well written and well presented with good use of sub-headings, tables, figures, and boxes to explain items in more detail.
Overall, I think this is an excellent book and a very good introduction to research. It is certainly suitable for health professionals wanting to understand enough about research to be able to read and understand published papers, but is also an excellent book to accompany any research methods course. The use of published research and the cleanly written and accessible style of the book make it an unusual and very welcome addition to the research methods field' - Medical Sociology News
'This is an ambitious contribution to the ever-growing market for research textbooks. The book concludes with an excellent appendix on sources of literature. …useful for postgraduate students and staff wishing to fill gaps and/or double-check their facts' - Physiotherapy
`In lieu of serving up the usual fare of methods and applications to be chosen from at whim, it concentrates on clinicians with limited time who wish to evaluate research rather than necessarily do it themselves.... If you already have a book on research methods...this book will still fine-tune your antennae to the good, the bad and the cant' - The British Journal of Healthcare Computing and Information Management
'Recommended reading' - Oxford Brookes University, Oxford
An excellent book for helping health and social care professionals and students a like to develop their evaluating skills of published research.
This is a thorough book on appraisal of the quality of research. Nine articles are presented with assistance provided in interpreting them, together with chapters about the essentials of experimental and survey methods. A book that is not for the faint-hearted, but a valuable learning aid for those embarking on serious literature review methods.
overall a resonable book but there are significant absences of information, e.g. there are only two lines mentioning triangulation which is a recognised research method-I wonder why?