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Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Public Health

by Deborah K Padgett SAGE Publications, Inc
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Designed to meet the needs of public health students, practitioners, and researchers, this exciting and contemporary new text from the author of Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research, Second Edition offers a firm grounding in qualitative and mixed methods, including their social science roots and public health applications. It uniquely addresses two profound changes taking place in public health in the 21st century: the explosion of interest in global public health, and the growing reliance on community-engaged research methods. The author brings public health to life through the use of real-world case studies drawn from the author’s funded research projects in breast cancer screening as well as homelessness and mental illness.

Features and Benefits:

· Boxed Insert Case Examples illustrate key concepts as well as methodological skills, exposing readers to a variety of applications of the methods in global health settings.

· End-of-Chapter Exercises give students the opportunity to develop and hone their research skills.

· Suggested Additional Readings and Resources direct students to more in-depth readings that build upon the book’s content. Resources such as websites and information on analytic software are additional benefits to grasping the methods.

· Instruction on Writing Grant Proposals in the appendix offers suggestions and information based upon the author’s successful experience in obtaining funding for qualitative and mixed method research.

· Diverse Methodological Options are described, including case studies, ethnography, grounded theory, and mixed method designs.

· Cross-Cultural Issues, Rapid Assessment Procedures, and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) are covered through methodological instruction and case studies.

1. Introduction
2. Choosing the Right Qualitative Approach(es)
3. Mixed Methods
4. Getting Started: Study Design and Sampling
5. Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
6. Entering the Field and Conducting Observation
7. Interviewing and Use of Documents
8. Data Analysis and Interpretation
9. Strategies for Rigor
10. Telling the Story: Writing Up the Qualitative Study
About the Author

'There is a lack of quality qualitative texts specifically tailored for public health and I think this text could fill that gap. The emphasis on global health is a very attractive feature for this book as it would lend itself to a wide variety of professionals and students. The astart to finisha overview that the book attempts is very accessible for students who are just learning about how to go about conducting qualitative research.' Michael Reece 'a¦the data collection and analysis are all in one text, the examples given are great, and it provides a chapter on mixed-methods research which would be a natural segue into talking about quantitative data collection and analysis.' Stephanie B. Jilcott 'The three greatest strengths are the breadth of topics covered, the connection between classroom teaching and real world practical experience and classroom exercises, resources, practical examples a offering lots of opportunities to practice what is learned in the classroom.' Rosemary M. Caron
Deborah K. Padgett is a professor at New York Universityas Silver School of Social Work and is currently Director of the Masters in Global Public Health program at NYU. She received her doctorate in anthropology and completed post-doctoral training programs in public health and psychiatric epidemiology at Columbia University and Duke University. Dr. Padgett has published extensively on the health/mental health needs and service use of underserved ethnic groups, women, and the homeless. She is author of Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research, Second Edition (2008), co-author of Program Evaluation, Fifth Edition (2009), and editor of Handbook of Ethnicity, Aging and Mental Health (1995). She has previously served as President of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare in 2011.