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Bowling, Ann (2009) Research methods in health. Berkshire: Open University Press.

The new edition of Research Methods in Healthcontinues 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.

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 authors 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 Healthis 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

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Book
Call No
RC, JA2.2
525 p.
Open University Press
Place of Publication
978 0 335 23364 9
3rd edition
Accession Number
HRB 4846 (Available)

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