Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services

Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services

Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services

Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services

Synopsis

Praise for the first edition of Research Methods in Health: "Professor Bowling should be congratulated on her achievement in producing such a substantial overview of the topic." - International Journal for Quality in Health Care

"...a brilliantly clear documentation of different philosophies, approaches and methods of research about health and health services. Laid out in an accessible and manageable way, it covers an enormous amount of material without sacrificing thoroughness... I would recommend it to a broad readership." - MIDIRS Midwifery Digest

"Professor Ann Bowling is not only a superb and illuminating conference presenter - she also writes exceptional books. This major research textbook is as good as an introduction to the field as you are likely to find." - The International Journal of Social Psychiatry

"...an easy to read book with excellent background information on the theory and practice of research. A summary of main points, key terms and recommended reading follows each chapter and there is a useful glossary of terms at the end of the book for quick reference... I particularly liked the checklists when undertaking literature reviews and writing research proposals." - British Journal of Health Care Management

This new edition of Ann Bowling's well-known and highly respected text has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect key methodological developments in health research. It is a comprehensive, easy to read, guide to the range of methods used to study and evaluate health and health services. It describes the concepts and methods used by the main disciplines involved in health research, including: demography, epidemiology, health economics, psychology and sociology. The research methods described cover the assessment of health needs, morbidity and mortality trends and rates, costing health services, sampling for survey research, cross-sectional and longitudinal survey design, experimental methods and techniques of group assignment, questionnaire design, interviewing techniques, coding and analysis of quantitative data, methods and analysis of qualitative observational studies, and types of unstructured interviewing. With new material on topics such as cluster randomization, utility analyses, patients' preferences, and perception of risk, the text is aimed at students and researchers of health and health services. It has also been designed for health professionals and policy makers who have responsibility for applying research findings in practice, and who need to know how to judge the value of that research.

Excerpt

This book is more than a text on research methods. It is an introduction to the theoretical concepts, as well as the descriptive and analytic research methods, that are used by the main disciplines engaged in research on health and health services. In order to understand why the various research methods are used, it is important to be aware of the conceptual backgrounds and scientific philosophies of those involved in research and evaluation, in particular in demography, epidemiology, health economics, psychology and sociology.

The second edition, while essentially similar to the first edition, includes updated references and reference to key methodological developments (for example, cluster randomisation, utility analyses, patients' preferences and perception of risk). The book is aimed at students and researchers of health and health services, health professionals and the policy-makers who have the responsibility for applying research findings, and who need to know how to judge the soundness of that research. The idea for the book, and its structure, is grounded in my career as a researcher on health and health service issues, and the valuable experience this has provided in meeting the challenges of research on people and organisations in real life settings.

The varying terminology used by members of different disciplines in relation to the same research methods is often confusing. This variation simply reflects the multidisciplinary nature of this whole area, and the specialised languages of each discipline. While no descriptor can be labelled as incorrect, the multitude of them, especially when not clearly defined, can easily lead to confusion. Therefore, I have tried to justify the terminology used where it differs from that in other disciplines.

Towards the end of the book I have included a Glossary. The first time each entry appears in the text it is highlighted in bold.

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