Research Methods in Community Medicine Surveys, Epidemiological Research, Programme Evaluation, Clinical Trials

ISBN-10: 0470986611

ISBN-13: 9780470986615

Edition: 6th 2008

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Description: A simple and systematic guide to the planning and performance of investigations concerned with health and disease and with health care Offers researchers help in choosing a topic and to think about shaping objectives and ideas and to link these with the appropriate choice of method Fully updated with new sections on the use of the Web and computer programmes freely available in the planning, performance or analysis of studies

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Book details

List price: $95.00
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

Preface
First steps
Types of investigation
Stages of an investigation
Formulating the objectives
The objectives of evaluative studies
The study population
Control groups
Sampling
Selecting cases and controls for case-control studies
The variables
Defining the variables
Definitions of diseases
Scales of measurement
Composite scales
Methods of collecting data
Reliability
Validity
Interviews and self-administered questionnaires
Constructing a questionnaire
Surveying the opinions of a panel: consensus methods
The use of documentary sources
Planning the records
Planning the handling of data
Pretests and other preparations
Collecting the data
Statistical analysis
Interpreting the findings
Making sense of associations
Application of the study findings
Writing a report
Rapid epidemiological methods
Clinical trials
Programme trials
Community-oriented primary care
Using the Web for health research
Community appraisal: a checklist
Random numbers
Free computer programs
Index
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