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Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services [Paperback]

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1 Mar 2009 0335233643 978-0335233649 3
"The new edition of Research Methods in Health continues to provide an excellent broad based introduction to the subject. New or expanded sections, for example on the evaluation of complex interventions, mixed research methods, life history interviews, and socio-psychological theories make this third edition well worth purchasing. The content is clearly presented and at a suitable level for its intended audience of health professionals and post-graduate students in health and health-related social sciences."
Virginia Berridge, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

"Research Methods in Health provides a comprehensive guide to the variety of methods for studying and assessing health and health services. The book not only covers all the topics you need regarding research methods, but also looks into the wider aspects of health and health services. I especially liked the way the book didn’t jump straight into research methods and methodology, but took time to introduce some of the main sociological and psychological concepts and ideas, as well as looking at demography and epidemiology ... Each chapter is introduced in easily understood terms and ends with the main points concisely summarized ... Throughout the book clear examples are very well used to build on our understanding of key concepts and at the end of the book is a very useful glossary of terms."
Conor Hamilton, Student Nurse, Queen's University Belfast, UK

"The additional information in this third edition, for example the coverage of mixed research methods and pertinent social science concepts makes the third edition of this book stand out as a preliminary source of information for anyone looking at research and health ... The summary of main points, key questions and key terms are outstanding and allow the book to be adapted into an essential revision tool as well as adding support and a focal point during reading the book."
Lisa Perraton, Student Nurse, University of Chester, UK

"A very simplified text book of research that guides students through different research designs/methodologies. I think this book must be recommended to every research student."
Moses Murandu, Wolverhampton University, UK

This bestselling book provides an accessible introduction to the theoretical concepts and descriptive and analytic research methods used in research on health and health services. The third edition has been thoroughly revised throughout to include updated references and boxed examples, with additional information on key methodological developments, among them:

  • Complex interventions
  • Mixed research methods
  • Psychometrics
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Systematic reviews
  • Pertinent social science concepts
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.

The book is grounded in the author's 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.

Research Methods in Health is an essential companion for students and researchers of health and health services, health clinicians and policy-makers with responsibility for applying research findings and judging the soundness of research.


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 3 edition (1 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335233643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335233649
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...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; "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 text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ann Bowling is Professor of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, UK. She specialises in quality of life measurement, research on ageing and equity of access to health services, and is author of bestselling books on research methods and measurement including Measuring Disease, 2e, Measuring Health, 3e, and A Handbook of Health Research Methods jointly with Professor Shah Ebrahim (all published by Open University Press).

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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The text has over the past 3 years acted as a strong source of reference as I have been expected to carry out research within a health services context. It is useful both to managers,researchers clinicians working within the health context. The book helps at different levels i.e. from undertaking research involving patients through to beginning to evaluate a particular service.The book outlines and explains a wide range of different research methods from across the qualitative / quantitative spectrum.
I would recommend this book if you are being directly involved in research for the first time and a good source reference on your book shelf to help prompt questions of research proposals or projects you are expected to comment upon. For the trainee researcher working in health services it is highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 17 Aug 2007
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very good. brilliant glossary at the end, as well as key points and questions at the end of every chapter. sections are clear and structured, and the style is friendly and honest. just misses a bit more content on qualitative data analysis

get it if you are going to do a research project in health sciences- bear in mind it is aimed exactly for that, so it may not be suitable for other purposes
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and useful... 22 Mar 2005
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I like the book, it tells you all what you need about research methods, and makes all the destinctions a clinician might need to go out of the medical box into the wider aspects of health and health services. It still isn't what I would call a holiday reading, but who expects a book like that to be... Very good in dividing chapters that you will not need to read the whole book if you are looking for a piece of information.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good but dated. 29 Nov 2012
By leefy
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Bought this for my masters research major project. it was recommended by the university and is a clear simple book easy to follow however there is a newer edition which would have been more appropriate as some of the research concepts have been updated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must-have' for nursing students ! 30 Sep 2009
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As a student nurse studying a Research module, I would recommend this book. It is a `must have'. The chapters are well divided into manageable chunks and compared with previous reading on Health Research, I found this book surprisingly easy to read without losing out on content or quality.
The book not only covers all the main topics on research methods, but also looks into the wider aspects of health and health services. I especially liked the way the book didn't jump straight into research methods and methodology, but took time to introduce some of the main sociological and psychological concepts and ideas.
The sections of the book are clear and well structured. Each chapter is introduced in easily understood terms and ends with the main points concisely summarized, including a number of questions which reinforce what we have learned and indicating whether or not we have fully grasped the arguments and main points of the chapter. It then presents us with a list of key terms, which highlight the issues and terms the chapter has focussed on, and a list of recommended further reading. Throughout the book clear examples are very well used to build on our understanding of key concepts and at the end of the book is a very useful glossary of terms.
In summary, a well written, well structured and easily read book that will be extremely useful to Nursing students, and anyone who is carrying out a research project.
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By claire
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I am using this book to assist in my latest assignment. Finding it a useful tool in understanding theoretical concepts in research methods used in health and health services. Really useful book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 28 April 2014
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This book has helped me with two very horrible essays so far on my degree and hopefully a few more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written! 23 April 2014
By AB
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A great book on health research methods that teaches one in a basic way. Great to use. Lovely and must own!
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