This is a single book addressing all basic research design needs. Consistent and jargon-free, it enables readers to compare and contrast methods and decide the best technique for their problem.Chapters follow a consistent structure to help the reader compare and contrast different designs. This book covers both health and medical research and research for social scientists.This accessible and clearly structured book, written by experienced researchers and practitioners, provides a one-stop introduction to the most common qualitative, quantitative and desk-based research designs and methods in health and social care.
PART I: RESEARCH PRELIMINARIES Why Research?; C.Ritchie and S.Vitali Starting a New Research Project; J.V.Appleton Research Ethics; M.Boulton PART II: DESK-BASED RESEARCH Literature Reviews; M.Leach, J.Neale and P.A.Kemp Systematic Reviews; L.Smith and L.Dixon Content Analysis; M.Jackson Discourse Analysis; D.Osborne and J.Neale Service Audit; J.Hall& A.K.Dearmun PART III: QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH Surveys; M.Watson and L.Coombes Cohort Studies; H.A.Adetunji, J.Neale and N.Wheeler Randomized Control Trials; L.Smith and T.J.Ryan Economic Evaluations; D.R.Foxcroft and H.A.Adetunji Measuring Health Status; J.Dawson PART IV: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH In-depth Interviews; L.Coombes, D.Allen, D.Humphrey and J.Neale Focus Groups; J.Foster-Turner Participant Observation; B.Taylor Ethnography; S.Harper and J.La Fontaine Critical Incident Technique; H.Aveyard and J.Neale PART V: BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER Mixed Methods Research - Quantity Plus Quality; R.Walker Dissemination; J.Neale