Reviews

Principles of Social Research

THERE IS a long tradition of evidence-based practice in public health and practitioners are increasingly involved directly with finding evidence. It is therefore essential then that practitioners have a sound grasp of research methods, especially given that the interplay between human behaviours and health is firmly established at the centre of modern public health policy and practice.

This book serves as a broad introduction to social research and its application to public health, and can act as a guide to designing research studies. The chapters proceed sequentially through problematising public health issues, framing research questions and designing studies. Exploring qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches, it offers examples from practice to illustrate what can be a dry subject.

Each chapter includes a contemporary reference and further reading list to help readers to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subject. For a relatively concise volume, this is an essential addition.

The fourth chapter of the book explores issues in social research, prompting readers to consider the ethical, methodological or professional challenges they face. This chapter raises important issues, such as considering what, if any, research approach is appropriate, and how professional disciplines may view topics differently.

Overall this is a practical text, aimed at

...

This book serves as a broad introduction to social research and its application to public health, and can act as a guide to designing research studies. The chapters proceed sequentially through problematising public health issues, framing research questions and designing studies. Exploring qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches, it offers examples from practice to illustrate what can be a dry subject.

Each chapter includes a contemporary reference and further reading list to help readers to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subject. For a relatively concise volume, this is an essential addition.

The fourth chapter of the book explores issues in social research, prompting readers to consider the ethical, methodological or professional challenges they face. This chapter raises important issues, such as considering what, if any, research approach is appropriate, and how professional disciplines may view topics differently.

Overall this is a practical text, aimed at helping practitioners to participate in or lead evidence-generation. It is presented in an accessible format and would be easily read from cover-to-cover or kept on-hand for practitioners to dip into as a quick reference or refresher text.

Want to read more?

Subscribe for unlimited access

Enjoy 1 month's access for £1 and get:

  • Full access to nursing standard.com and the Nursing Standard app
  • Monthly digital edition
  • RCNi Portfolio and interactive CPD quizzes
  • RCNi Learning with 200+ evidence-based modules
  • 10 articles a month from any other RCNi journal

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?