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An Introduction to Health Services Research

An Introduction to Health Services Research
A Practical Guide

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Research Methods

February 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.

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
Clinical Trials
The Internet as a Research Medium
Systematic Reviews
Part Four – Conducting Valid, and Ethical Research
Ethics and Informed Consent
Public Patient Involvement
Recruitment and Retention
Part Five – Analysis and Dissemination
Quantitative Analysis
Qualitative Analysis

This book is really eather boring to look at. It asthetics are not very applealing. The chapter heading s are extremely relavant and to the point...

It is a useful resourse for qualifoed nurses i feel rather than student nurses. May be useful for students who research is not literaure reviere based...

Miss Rachel Hart
School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University
November 27, 2014

A wonderful text for any aspiring health researcher.

Dr Olatunde Aremu
School of Health and Bioscience, Univ. of East London
July 20, 2014

This book on health service research is quite good and includes many different aspects of health research, e.g. quantitive and qualitative methods, health economics, mixed methods and internet-based methods.

Dr Ragnheiður Arnardóttir
School of Health Sciences, Univ. of Akureyri
July 4, 2014

A useful book for all students who are on a Health Science course. Clear guidance on research methods is given.

Mrs Cheryl Hine
Access to H.E., Leeds City College
May 22, 2014

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