- Chapter 1 The Health Research Process
STEP 1: IDENTIFYING A STUDY QUESTION
- Chapter 2 Selecting a Research Question
- Chapter 3 Reviewing the Literature
- Chapter 4 Defining Specific Aims
- Chapter 5 Professional Development
- Chapter 6 Coauthoring
STEP 2: SELECTING A STUDY APPROACH
- Chapter 7 Overview of Study Designs
- Chapter 8 Case Series
- Chapter 9 Cross-Sectional Studies
- Chapter 10 Case-Control Studies
- Chapter 11 Cohort Studies
- Chapter 12 Experimental Studies
- Chapter 13 Qualitative Studies
- Chapter 14 Correlational Studies
- Chapter 15 Synthesis Research
STEP 3: DESIGNING THE STUDY AND COLLECTING DATA
- Chapter 16 Research Protocols
- Chapter 17 Ethical Considerations
- Chapter 18 Ethical Review and Approval
- Chapter 19 Population Sampling
- Chapter 20 Sample Size and Power
- Chapter 21 Questionnaire Development
- Chapter 22 Collecting Quantitative Data
- Chapter 23 Collecting Qualitative Data
- Chapter 24 Additional Assessments
- Chapter 25 Secondary Analyses
- Chapter 26 Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
- Chapter 27 Writing Grant Proposals
STEP 4: ANALYZING DATA
- Chapter 28 Data Management
- Chapter 29 Descriptive Statistics
- Chapter 30 Comparative Statistics
- Chapter 31 Regression Analysis
- Chapter 32 Qualitative Analysis
- Chapter 33 Additional Analysis Tools
STEP 5: REPORTING FINDINGS
- Chapter 34 Posters and Presentations
- Chapter 35 Article Structure
- Chapter 36 Citing
- Chapter 37 Critically Revising
- Chapter 38 Writing Success Strategies
- Chapter 39 Reasons to Publish
- Chapter 40 Selecting Target Journals
- Chapter 41 Manuscript Submission
- Chapter 42 Peer Review and Publication
Designed to empower new investigators to conduct their own original research projects, the third edition of Introduction to Health Research Methods: A Practical Guide leads the reader step-by-step in performing quantitative and qualitative research in medicine, public health, and other clinical and population health fields.
Organized in five sections, the text covers the entire research process from formulating a study question and selecting a study approach to collecting and analyzing data and then disseminating the findings. Chapters about methods for primary studies (collecting new data), secondary analyses (analyzing existing data), and tertiary studies (conducting literature reviews and meta-analyses) provide comprehensive coverage of the scope of health research.
By breaking the research process down into a series of achievable steps, Introduction to Health Research Methods shows students and early career scholars how they can contribute to improving the health of individuals and communities through research.
- Expanded coverage of qualitative research methods, including new chapters on qualitative study design, data collection, and data analysis.
- Additional glossary terms that clarify key terminology for all stages of the research process and a diversity of study approaches.
- Enhanced explanations of how to select and implement quantitative and qualitative research and analysis methodologies.
- New and updated coverage of topics such as framing research questions, developing testable hypotheses, defining specific aims, responsibly conducting research, selecting study designs, minimizing bias, applying theoretical paradigms, ensuring rigor and reproducibility, conducting quality assessment, managing grants, and more.
- Each new print copy includes Navigate 2 eBook Access to read your digital textbook online or offline, on computers, tablets, and mobile devices.
Kathryn H. Jacobsen, MPH, PhD - Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Dr. Jacobsen is a professor of epidemiology and global health at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She has written more than 175 peer-reviewed articles and is the author of Introduction to Global Health and Introduction to Health Research Methods.