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Health Intervention Research: Understanding Research Design and Methods

This book describes the rationale of different research designs clearly and simply, and then examines their effectiveness in the context of health intervention

This book describes the rationale of different research designs clearly and simply, and then examines their effectiveness in the context of health intervention.

It also provides helpful, practical guidance on implementing different research methods.

The text is divided into three sections. The first emphasises the importance of selecting the correct research designs and methods at the planning stage. The second focuses on the effects of intervention on outcomes. The final section covers methods used in conducting intervention evaluation research.

The book is easy to navigate, presents the reader with clear explanations of complex concepts, and can act as a steer to more detailed information on health intervention research if required. I used the book to guide me through some unfamiliar research methods.

While it is not written with a UK context in mind, and consequently does not discuss many specific legal and NHS frameworks and regulations, the book is still a useful addition to a nurse’s bookshelf.

I would recommend it to staff seeking a clear reference guide. It would also be useful to novice researchers in health who want to understand how healthcare evidence is gathered, while underlining the importance of well designed studies and an organised approach.

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