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Evaluating Research in Health and Social Care

by Gomm R et al SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
05/2000
ISBN:
9780761964902
Format:
Hbk 352 pages
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AU$217.00 NZ$225.22
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Practitioners across the caring professions increasingly need to know where evidence can be found and to evaluate different forms of evidence with a critical eye.This invaluable collection includes exemplars of a wide range of research techniques and provides a critical commentary for each. The commentary is designed to tackle jargon and demystify the text, highlighting the compromises that need to be made in real world research designs and the complexity of controlling relevant variables. The Reader seeks to underline the challenges of interpreting and generalising results both for the researchers and for those who fund their work.Features and benefits of the book include:- comprehensive coverage of research methods- commentary on and an explanation of each method- a series of checklists for the reader to use in examining different kinds of research- multiple routes through the materials- brings issues to light in an engaging and accessible way- enables practitioners and students to relate methodological debates directly to practiceEvaluating Research in Health and Social Care will be an essential resource for students on methods courses in health, social work and nursing and for researchers working in these fields. The Reader is a set book for the Open University course K302 Critical Practice in Health and Social Care.

Introduction PART ONE: EXPERIMENTAL APPROACHES Experimental Methods and Simple Interventions Bandages for Leg Ulcers Experimental Methods and Complex Interventions Case Management in Mental Health Care From Effectiveness to Cost-Effectiveness A Trial of a Hospital at Home Scheme Comparing Like with Like A Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses of Homes Visiting Schemes and Childhood Injury The Basics of Experimental Design Research Instruments in Experimental Research Reading the Results of Experimental Research PART TWO: SURVEY RESEARCH Surveys, Samples and Questions Consumer Satisfaction with the NHS An Equity Audit in Coronary Care Surveys and Case Control Studies Controlling for Age and Socio-Economic Circumstances PART THREE: QUALITATIVE APPROACHES Loosely Structured Interviews The Stories Behind the Statistics Naturalistic Observation Midwives' Ethnic Sterotyping of their Patients Understanding Language in Context Professional Uncertainty Action Research Applied Qualitative Methods in the Family Centre Collecting and Analysing Qualitative Data PART FOUR: RESEARCH APPRAISAL QUESTIONS

'[T]he aim of the book is to give health practitioners "the background to read and understand research". I believe that this book is indeed capable of fulfilling this function, and is a useful addition to any research methods reading list. [T]he resource chapters are extremely well written and well presented with good use of sub-headings, tables, figures, and boxes to explain items in more detail.


Overall, I think this is an excellent book and a very good introduction to research. It is certainly suitable for health professionals wanting to understand enough about research to be able to read and understand published papers, but is also an excellent book to accompany any research methods course. The use of published research and the cleanly written and accessible style of the book make it an unusual and very welcome addition to the research methods field' - Medical Sociology News



'This is an ambitious contribution to the ever-growing market for research textbooks. The book concludes with an excellent appendix on sources of literature. …useful for postgraduate students and staff wishing to fill gaps and/or double-check their facts' - Physiotherapy



`In lieu of serving up the usual fare of methods and applications to be chosen from at whim, it concentrates on clinicians with limited time who wish to evaluate research rather than necessarily do it themselves.... If you already have a book on research methods...this book will still fine-tune your antennae to the good, the bad and the cant' - The British Journal of Healthcare Computing and Information Management



'Recommended reading' - Oxford Brookes University, Oxford