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Researching Health

Researching Health
Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods

Second Edition
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November 2012 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The Second Edition of Researching Health covers everything that a student or new researcher will need when starting to conduct their own research in a range of healthcare settings. The chapters guide the reader through each specific qualitative, quantitative and mixed method, and show how these work in practice. In the Second Edition, the authors place particular focus on the critical appraisal of research – asking not only how different forms of research can be conducted, but also how we can use the research of others effectively.

Two new chapters have also been included, on:

  • Gender and Health Research
  • Public Health Research

A full companion website accompanies the book, with teaching notes for lecturers and online resources for students.

It will be an ideal companion for undergraduate and graduate students in health programs. The book will also be valuable reading for researchers, academics, managers and practitioners working across the healthcare field.

Introduction: The Context for Researching Health
Competing Health Paradigms and Research Design
Doing a Literature Review on Health
Using Documents in Health Research
Unstructured Interviews and Health Research
Participant Observation in Health Research
The Use of Focus Groups in Research into Health
Action Research and Health
Health Research Sampling Methods
Quantitative Survey Methods in Health Research
Statistical Methods for Health Data Analysis
Randomized Controlled Trials
Experimental Methods in Health Research
The Use of Economics in Health Research
Governance and Ethics in Health Research
Researching Orthodox and Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Researching the Health of Ethnic Minority Groups
Gender and Health Research
Public Health Research
Involving the User in Health Research
Comparative Health Research
Mixed Methods and Multidisciplinary Research in Health Care
Writing up Health Research
Using and Disseminating Health Research

'Researching Health is a contemporary text of seminal quality that integrates complex research themes into a coherent and explicit narrative that is equally versed to supporting undergraduate and post graduate research studies' -
Martin Walsh, University of Leeds

'This book is a useful resource for health researchers. Its content reflects an intersection among 1) the steps of the research process (posing a research question to dissemination), 2) the range of research approaches (quantitative, qualitative, mixed) and methods (document review to experimental), and 3) the broad spectrum of topics (biological to socio-political) of relevance to the current local and international healthcare context.

The importance of the fit between the research question and methodology, and of accounting for practical issues is highlighted and illustrated with real examples, inviting researchers to think critically and creatively when designing and implementing studies' -
Souraya Sidani, Ryerson University, Canada

'The second edition of Saks' and Allsop's edited collection builds on the considerable strengths of the first. With revised and additional chapters from a range of expert contributors, and timely examples and exercises throughout, it will continue to be one of my first points of help with thinking about research methods in health - and, I hope, for the students I teach as well' -
Peter Duncan, King's College London

Praise for the first edition:

Mike Saks' and Judith Allsop's Researching Health meets a long-standing need for a high-quality social and medical research methods text which incorporates theoretical knowledge to health issues in a coherent and accessible way' -

Professor Jane Sandall, King's College London

This second edition aims to provide an updated and extended guide to health research methods. New chapters include gender and health research and public health. It does not target any one professional group but considers how health research methods can be applied more generally by researchers, academics, managers, professionals and students. This is a useful book that is clear and accessible for nurses wishing to gain a deeper understanding of research.

Cathy Hughes
Research Project Manager- emergency cancer diagnosis, London Cancer Alliance
Cancer Nursing Practice

...The book is well referenced, cross-referenced between chapters and there is a good glossary of terms. Each chapter uses figures, tables, boxes, exercises, case studies, recommended further reading and online reading, which is really useful for lecturers and students.  The Companion Website is also an excellent resource to further enhance knowledge and understanding...

Dr Jo H Wilson, healthcare researcher, Newcastle upon Tyne
Nursing Times

Useful for healthcare research students, especially those which are undertaking mixed methods.

Ms Amy Taylor
Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
April 16, 2015

This collection of chapters by an eminent team provides an overview of key topics relating to research in health. It is well referenced and perhaps its main achievement will be to open the mind of the reader to a diverse range of methods and perspectives on health research in a positive and reasonably robust manner. Sufficient detail is provided to whet the reader's appetite. However for the practicalities of carrying out a particular research project a more detailed and focused text would be required.

Professor Brian Taylor
Social Work , University of Ulster
March 9, 2015

well laid-out, easy to read with practical exercises t enhance learning. Covers all key aspects. i like it!

Mr Mark Gibson
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Hull University
April 24, 2014

A useful and easy to follow book-ideal for those who are new to conducting research within this domain.

Miss Daljinder Virk
Department of Psychology, Coventry University
April 1, 2014

Very easy readable book, clear introduction to different methodologies.

Mrs Helena Dunbar
School of Nursing & Midwifery, De Montfort University
February 28, 2014

I recommend this book for my master students in public health.

Dr Maryam Ba-Break
Nuffield Ctr for Int'l Health & Dev, Leeds University
February 28, 2014

This a clearly written text which is at an appropriate level for undergraduate dissertations

Mrs Rachael Major
adult nursing, Institute of Health and Social Care Studies
February 18, 2014
  • A new chapter on public health research (chapter 19)
  • A new chapter on gender and health research (chapter 18)
  • Chapter 2 has been revised to include discussion of research design
  • The chapters on writing up health research and getting published have been separated to give more focus to these two areas
  • Throughout the book, the authors have given more consideration to mixed methods, critical appraisal and research ethics

Mike Saks

 Professor Mike Saks is Research Professor at University Campus Suffolk (UCS), whose partners include the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia which are collaborating in the development of UCS. He studied at the University of Lancaster, University of Kent and the London School of Economics – at the latter of which he obtained a PhD in Sociology – and is a current Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He was formerly Senior Pro Vice Chancellor and Deputy to the Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln from 2002 to 2010, which enjoyed a steep rise in profile in this period. Before that he was Dean of the Faculty of... More About Author

Judith Allsop

In recent years, she has investigated the dynamics of complaints and disputes in health care settings and received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Department of Health and local health authorities. She also carried out a study of the role of patient and carer groups in representing and promoting the interests of people with particular illnesses and conditions. This was funded by the ESRC. More About Author

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