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This text, the product of the British Health Technology Assessment Research Programme, brings together a unique collection of state of the art authorative chapters relating to methods in evidence based healthcare.

The Advanced Handbook of Methods in Evidence Based Healthcare Editors:

The book’s editors have carefully blended together several distinct contributions from leading epidemiologists, clinicians, health economists, ethicists, statisticians and social scientists. The edited collection includes 27 authorative chapters covering all aspects of methodology in evidence based health care. The level of the book is advanced, and thus aimed at the experienced researcher in health services research and management. Its structure although sequential, lends itself readily as an accessible resource on a number of topics.

The text is structured into six distinct parts: Part One, Clinical Trials includes chapters on ethical issues in the design and conduct of randomised control trials, the methodological processes involved, and the application of systematic reviews and clinical implications.

Part Two, Observational and Qualitative Methods, includes chapters on observational methods and study designs for the evaluation of the effectiveness of healthcare interventions, together with the

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The Advanced Handbook of Methods in Evidence Based Healthcare Editors:

The book’s editors have carefully blended together several distinct contributions from leading epidemiologists, clinicians, health economists, ethicists, statisticians and social scientists. The edited collection includes 27 authorative chapters covering all aspects of methodology in evidence based health care. The level of the book is advanced, and thus aimed at the experienced researcher in health services research and management. Its structure although sequential, lends itself readily as an accessible resource on a number of topics.

The text is structured into six distinct parts: Part One, Clinical Trials includes chapters on ethical issues in the design and conduct of randomised control trials, the methodological processes involved, and the application of systematic reviews and clinical implications.

Part Two, Observational and Qualitative Methods, includes chapters on observational methods and study designs for the evaluation of the effectiveness of healthcare interventions, together with the utilisation of qualitative methods in health technology assessment. Part Three, Measurement of Benefit and Cost, includes chapters on the use of health status measures in economic evaluation, and questionnaire surveys. Part Four, Analytical Methods, includes chapters on Bayesian methods, and quality of life measures. Part Five, Concensus, Reviews and Meta-analysis, guides the researcher in areas such as publication and related biases, meta-analyses and consensus development methods. Part Six, Identifiying and Filling Gaps in the Evidence, includes contributions relating to the identification of new healthcare technologies and economic evaluation.

The wealth of authorative information contained in this hardback, represents exceedingly good value for money. At £69 the text will be invaluable to researchers undertaking studies in evidence based healthcare. Additionally, it should be an essential purchase for health care and management library collections. This text presents the most advanced knowledge on methodology in health care research, and will form the backbone of many future studies.

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