Population Health Research: Linking Theory and Methods

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Dr Kathryn Dean
SAGE, Sep 20, 1993 - Public health - 256 pages
This book is a comprehensive introduction to the methodological basis of population health research, and a critical assessment of theoretical issues affecting the quality of research on health and behaviour.

Research into the many factors that shape human health or illness, has traditionally emphasized experimental design and the statistical effects of specific factors. While due attention is paid to such methods, the contributors emphasize the importance of theory-guided, multi-method approaches for research into the complex forces affecting health, health-related behaviour and the effectiveness of health services. Throughout, the value of analytical models of population health is related to their utility in informing and building theoretical knowledge.

 

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Contents

Integrating Theory and Methods in Population Health
9
A Theoretical Basis for Research on Health
37
Age Period and Cohort Analyses of HealthRelated
54
Methodological Issues
74
A Methodological Approach for Assessing the Stability
95
Some Aspects of Statistical Models
145
a New Approach
160
Specification and Estimation of Latent Variable Models
204
New Directions
227
Index
238
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