Research in Health Care: Design, Conduct and Interpretation of Health Services Research

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 3, 1996 - Medical - 302 pages
This volume provides health care professionals with a comprehensive but readable guide to the design, conduct and interpretation of health services research. It strips the research process of its technical jargon, illuminating the methods of research by an extensive use of real examples. The common pitfalls of the design and interpretation of studies are reviewed, together with guidance on how to avoid them. The result is a user-friendly text which will enable all health care professionals to carry out research with confidence and success.
 

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Contents

Screening for cancer of the breastDefining health
4
from research
10
How to do Health Services Research
20
THE FOUNDATIONS OF RESEARCH
26
Characteristics of a Good Research Project
39
Background to chronic painThe initial question
46
Dissect out the research questionsStrategies
52
Refining the Question
59
OTHER METHODS OF RESEARCH
156
SELECTING THE METHOD
168
Selection in Practice
174
Medical Sociology
190
ISSUES IN DATA COLLECTION
199
Select the Best Method of Collecting
209
Draw Up the Coding Schedule
217
PRACTICAL ISSUES IN THE DESIGN
223

REVIEWING THE LITERATURE
65
Reading the Literature
73
CASE REPORTS AND CASE SERIES
79
Analysis and Interpretation
99
COHORT STUDIES
107
Analysis and Interpretation
114
CLINICAL TRIALS
123
Design Matters
129
CASECONTROL STUDIES
143
Monitor the Conduct of the Study
240
INTRODUCTION TO DATA ANALYSIS
243
Choose a statistical packageSet up the data fileA first
249
Identify the serendipitousInterpret with cautionReview
255
Comment
263
Writing a Paper
271
Preparing a Lecture
277
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I. K. Crombie is the author of Research in Health Care: Design, Conduct and Interpretation of Health Services Research, published by Wiley.

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