Reviews

Health Intervention Research: Understanding Research Design & Methods

This book covers research designs and methods that can be used in the evaluation of interventions. It describes the theoretical, empirical and practical knowledge required in choosing and being able to critique such research.

This book covers research designs and methods that can be used in the evaluation of interventions. It describes the theoretical, empirical and practical knowledge required in choosing and being able to critique such research.

The book clearly and simply describes the rationale of different designs and methods, described as the ‘why’ of methodological decisions. It goes on to look at the effectiveness of different methods, described as the ‘what’, ‘when’ and ‘where’ of methodological decisions; and also includes practical descriptions for implementing different research methods, described as the ‘how’ for carrying out selected methods.

This book is easy to navigate as a reference text but is also interesting to read and get a simplistic explanation of complex concepts and a steer to more detailed information should the reader require.

I used this book to guide me through some unfamiliar research methods and it was easy to understand and flowed in a logical and systematic way.

Because this is not a UK book, it does not have some of the specific legal and NHS frameworks and regulations, but I did not feel it was any less useful in the explanation and understanding of the concepts associated with healthcare intervention research.

I would recommend this book to nurses wanting a clear reference guide to intervention research design and those wanting to develop an understanding of how evidence is gained in health care and the importance of well-designed studies and an organised approach to evidence.

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