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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd; Second edition (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446252272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446252277
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.9 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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'Researching Health is a contemporary text of seminal quality that integrates complex research themes into a coherent and explicit narrative that is equally versed to supporting undergraduate and post graduate research studies' -
Martin Walsh, University of Leeds

'This book is a useful resource for health researchers. Its content reflects an intersection among 1) the steps of the research process (posing a research question to dissemination), 2) the range of research approaches (quantitative, qualitative, mixed) and methods (document review to experimental), and 3) the broad spectrum of topics (biological to socio-political) of relevance to the current local and international healthcare context.

The importance of the fit between the research question and methodology, and of accounting for practical issues is highlighted and illustrated with real examples, inviting researchers to think critically and creatively when designing and implementing studies' -
Souraya Sidani, Ryerson University, Canada

'The second edition of Saks' and Allsop's edited collection builds on the considerable strengths of the first. With revised and additional chapters from a range of expert contributors, and timely examples and exercises throughout, it will continue to be one of my first points of help with thinking about research methods in health - and, I hope, for the students I teach as well' -
Peter Duncan, King's College London

Praise for the first edition:

Mike Saks' and Judith Allsop's Researching Health meets a long-standing need for a high-quality social and medical research methods text which incorporates theoretical knowledge to health issues in a coherent and accessible way' -

Professor Jane Sandall, King's College London

This second edition aims to provide an updated and extended guide to health research methods. New chapters include gender and health research and public health. It does not target any one professional group but considers how health research methods can be applied more generally by researchers, academics, managers, professionals and students. This is a useful book that is clear and accessible for nurses wishing to gain a deeper understanding of research. (Cathy Hughes Cancer Nursing Practice 2013-09-19)

...The book is well referenced, cross-referenced between chapters and there is a good glossary of terms. Each chapter uses figures, tables, boxes, exercises, case studies, recommended further reading and online reading, which is really useful for lecturers and students.  The Companion Website is also an excellent resource to further enhance knowledge and understanding... (Dr Jo H Wilson, healthcare researcher, Newcastle upon Tyne)

About the Author

 Professor Mike Saks is Research Professor at University Campus Suffolk (UCS), whose partners include the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia which are collaborating in the development of UCS. He studied at the University of Lancaster, University of Kent and the London School of Economics – at the latter of which he obtained a PhD in Sociology – and is a current Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He was formerly Senior Pro Vice Chancellor and Deputy to the Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln from 2002 to 2010, which enjoyed a steep rise in profile in this period. Before that he was Dean of the Faculty of Health and Community Studies at De Montfort University, where he was responsible for the education of a growing range of health and social care professions. He achieved a high internationally-rated profile in Politics and International Studies and Social Work and Social Policy & Administration in the 2001 and 2008 national Research Assessment Exercises respectively. He holds Visiting Chairs at the University of Essex and the University of Lincoln.  Professor Saks has published extensively on professions, comparative healthcare and health research. He has also given many keynote presentations and papers at prestigious national/international conferences – as well as organised a number of these. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, his books include: Alternative Medicine in Britain (1992), Professions and the Public Interest (1995), Health Professions and the State in Europe (1995), Professions, Identity and Order in Comparative Perspective (1998), Professional Identities in Transition (1999), Developing Research in Primary Care (2000), Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Challenge and Change (2000), Regulating the Health Professions (2002), Orthodox and Alternative Medicine: Professionalization, Politics and Health Care (2003), Researching Health; Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods (2007 first edition), and Rethinking Professional Governance: International Directions in Healthcare (2008). His latest books with Sage and Routledge respectively are: Researching Health: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods (2012 second edition) and The Professions, State and the Market: A Comparative Analysis of Healthcare in Britain, the United States and Russia (2014).  Professor Saks has been a member/chair of many NHS committees at all levels – covering areas from the changing healthcare workforce to research and development in primary care. He is currently a member of the Board of Suffolk NHS Primary Care Trust, having previously served on Committees of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority and as the long term Chair of the East Midlands University Association Health and Social Care Group: He has also acted as an adviser to the NHS at national level. In 2000 he led the team that produced a commissioned report on health support workers for the UK Departments of Health and has subsequently advised the Department of Health and professional bodies such as the General Medical Council and the General Social Care Council on the regulation of health and social care professions. He is the previous Chair of the UK Human Tissue Bank and the Research Council for Complementary Medicine.  Internationally, he has been involved in a number of funded research projects. He was a central participant in an INTAS-funded study of the changing attitudes of physicians in collaboration with the Russian Academy of Sciences – which surveyed some 600 Russian physicians. He recently collaborated with the University of Toronto on projects on care in the community, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In addition, he is the current President and Chair of the Board of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Professional Groups. He is also a member of the Board of the European Sociological Association Research Network on Professions and various International Advisory Boards of health and social science journals – as well as being an Editorial Board member for the Portuguese Journal of Social Science, Sociopedia and Current Sociology monographs. 

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