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Introduction to Health Research Methods
A Practical Guide

Author(s): Kathryn H. Jacobsen, MPH, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
  • ISBN-13: 9780763783341
  • Paperback    288 pages      © 2012
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From best-selling author of Introduction to Global Health, Introduction to Health Research Methods demystifies the research process and empowers students (and other new investigators) to conduct their own original research projects. 

Using clear language and practical examples, the text has five sections that describe the entire research process beginning with the identification of a research question and the selection of a study approach, proceeding through the collection and analysis of data and the preparation of a formal scientific report, and ending with academic and professional presentations and publishing.

By breaking the research process down into manageable steps, Introduction to Health Research Methods communicates the excitement and importance of health research—and encourages readers to make their own contribution to improving the health of individuals and communities through research.
Key features:

  • A step-by-step guide to conducting research in medicine, public health, and other health sciences
  • For classroom use or for guiding independent work on scholarly projects
  • Covers the entire research process from identifying a study question and selecting a study approach to collecting and analyzing data to disseminating the findings
  • Includes detailed information about how to conduct primary studies (collection of new data), secondary analyses (analysis of existing data), and tertiary studies (literature reviews)
  • Weaves elements of research ethics throughout the book
  Chapter  1  The Purpose and Process of Health Research
Step 1  Identifying A Study Question
  Chapter  2  Selecting a General Topic
  Chapter  3  Reviewing the Literature
  Chapter  4  Focusing the Research Question
  Chapter  5  Assembling a Support Team
Step 2  Selecting A Study Approach
  Chapter  6  Overview of Study Approaches
  Chapter  7  Reviews / Meta-analyses
  Chapter  8  Correlational (Ecological) Studies
  Chapter  9  Case Series
  Chapter  10  Cross-Sectional Surveys
  Chapter  11  Case-Control Studies
  Chapter  12  Cohort Studies
  Chapter  13  Experimental Studies
  Chapter  14  Qualitative Studies
Step 3  Designing the Study and Collecting Data
  Chapter  15  Overview: Developing a Proposal and Protocol
  Chapter  16  Primary Studies: Selecting a Study Population
  Chapter  17  Primary Studies: Estimating Sample Size
  Chapter  18  Primary Studies: Developing a Questionnaire
  Chapter  19  Primary Studies: Surveys and Interviews
  Chapter  20  Primary Studies: Additional Assessments
  Chapter  21  Primary Studies: Ethical Considerations
  Chapter  22  Ethical Review and Approval
  Chapter  23  Secondary Studies: Existing Data Sets
  Chapter  24  Tertiary Studies: Systematic Reviews
Step 4  Analyzing Data
  Chapter  25  Data Management
  Chapter  26  Descriptive Statistics
  Chapter  27  Comparative Statistics
  Chapter  28  A Brief Guide to Advanced Health Statistics
Step 5  Reporting Findings
  Chapter  29  Article Structure
  Chapter  30  Citing
  Chapter  31  Writing Strategies
  Chapter  32  Critically Revising
  Chapter  33  Posters and Presentations
  Chapter  34  Selecting Target Journals
  Chapter  35  The Submission, Review, and Publication Process
  Chapter  36  Why Publish?

Kathryn H. Jacobsen, MPH, PhD-Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

Dr. Jacobsen is a professor of epidemiology and global health at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She has written more than 140 peer-reviewed articles and is the author of Introduction to Global Health and Introduction to Health Research Methods.

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  • "A novice researcher can be overwhelmed by the research process, and this book concentrates on the essential information upon which the researcher can build. "

    Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN, Slippery Rock University, Doody's Review Service, Rating: 3 Stars

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