This second edition has been restructured to aid its navigation and comprehensively revised and expanded in recognition of the increased diversity of projects undertaken by students.
Research in pharmacy practice and medicines use is an important component of many postgraduate and undergraduate pharmacy programmes. It is seen as invaluable in informing professional practice and service development. This clear and concise handbook considers the stages of the research process in logical order, from planning of the project through to dissemination of the findings.
This systematic guide will be of use to undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy students and their supervisors. It will also appeal to researchers unfamiliar with health services research methods and to practising pharmacists new to conducting a research project.
Part 1: Preparation, planning and management
2. Setting up the project, protocol development and ethics
3. Time management and working with others
4. For Supervisors
Part 2: Scientific enquiry and research methodology
5. A scientific approach to your research
6. Reviewing the literature
7. Types of study and research design
8. Sources of information, datasets, sampling and recruitment
9. Data collection: survey research and questionnaires
10. Data collection: interviews and focus groups
11. Data collection: prospective methods
12. Existing datasets and secondary analysis
13. Data processing and analysis
Part 3 Writing up and dissemination of the findings
14. The project report
15. Dissemination of the findings