This is a primary, comprehensive textbook for people who are considering undertaking a piece of health-related research. It is an accessible companion with the aim of getting the reader to think broadly about all of the issues that need to be considered when embarking on a project.
This is a pragmatic book, a step-by-step guide to research which mirrors the structure of a research project, taking you through the thought process for designing and conducting your study from formulating the right research question at idea inception, ascertaining what methodologies and analysis can answer what type of questions, right through to dissemination, all presented in an easy, digestible style.
The book is full of case study illustrations and practical tips such as how to work out a research budget and obtaining funding for your project, discussion of what permissions need to obtained when conducting research with people, and how to involve public and patients. The authors are all experienced researchers and so this book is an accumulation of collective wisdom on common research challenges and issues.
Forward Part One - Getting Started Asking the Right Question Finding the Evidence to Support your Research Question Critical Appraisal Developing an Effective Research Budget and Funding Part Two - General Methodologies Quantitative Methodology Qualitative Methodology Mixed Methods Part Three - Specific Methodologies Health Economics Epidemiology Clinical Trials Surveys The Internet as a Research Medium Systematic Reviews Part Four - Conducting Valid, and Ethical Research Ethics and Informed Consent Public Patient Involvement Sampling Recruitment and Retention Part Five - Analysis and Dissemination Quantitative Analysis Qualitative Analysis Dissemination Conclusion Glossary Bibliography Index