Researching Health
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Researching Health

Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods

Second Edition

Companion Website


© 2013 | 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 a range of teaching materials for lecturers and online learning resources for students.

It is an ideal companion for undergraduate and postgraduate students on health programmes. The book is also valuable reading for researchers, academics, managers and practitioners working across the healthcare field.


PART ONE: CONDUCTING HEALTH RESEARCH
Introduction: The Context for Researching Health
The Scope of Health Research
Competing Health Paradigms and Research Design
Doing a Literature Review on Health
PART TWO: QUALITATIVE METHODS AND 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
PART THREE: QUANTITATIVE METHODS 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
PART FOUR: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN RESEARCHING HEALTH
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
PART FIVE: APPLYING HEALTH RESEARCH
Mixed Methods and Multidisciplinary Research in Health Care
Writing up Health Research
Using and Disseminating Health Research

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

'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 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
  • 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

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