Effective Sexual Health Interventions: Issues in Experimental Evaluation

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The growing importance of the evidence-based movement has made experimental evaluation a key issue among researchers, practitioners, commissioners and policy makers. However, experimental evaluation remains controversial in the sexual health field. This partly reflects the diversity of groups involved in this area and their different views on the most appropriate research methods. This book provides an analysis of the methodological and practical issues involved in evaluating sexual health interventions.

The book will appeal to trial enthusiasts through discussion of specific issues in trial design, and also to those with a sceptical interest in the potential of experimentation and its appropriateness or feasibility. It is concerned with methodology rather than the substantive findings of research, and considers the requirements of research in both developed and developing countries. The focus of the book is on sexual health interventions, although many of the issues are equally applicable to other areas of behavioral and social research.

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"This book demonstrates the wealth of methodological expertise within the sexual health field. ..It should now become required reading for those planning or seeking funding for complex sexual health interventions." -International Journal of Epidemiology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198508496
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/3/2003
  • Series: Oxford Medical Publications
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Royal Free and University College Medical School, London

Social Sciences Research Unit, Institute of Education University of London, London

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Table of Contents

1. To experiment or not? Sexual health interventions should be subject to experimental evaluation, Chris Bonell, Rebecca Bennett and Ann Oakley
2. Sexual health interventions are unsuitable for experimental evaluation, Susan Kippax
3. The role of randomized controlled trials in evaluating sexual health interventions, David A. Ross and Daniel Wight
4. Methodological issues in the experimental evaluation of sexual health interventions Using theories of behaviour change to develop and evaluate sexual hralth interventions, Stephen Sutton
5. Stages in the development and evaluation of complex interventions, Irwin Nazareth
6. Choice of experimental design, Sheila Bird
7. Cluster randomized trials of sexual health interventions, Richard Hayes
8. Biological, behavioural and psychosocial outcome measures, Frances M. Cowan and Mary Plummer
9. Developing and validating behavioural outcome measures, Rochelle N. Shain, Sondra Perdue, Jeanna M. Piper, Alan E.C. Holden and Jane Champion
10. Unpacking the 'black box': the importance of process data to explain outcomes, Daniel Wright and Angela Obasi
11. What happens after a trial is completed? Generalisability of trials and implementation of research into practice, Heiner Grosskurth and Lilani Kumaranayake
12. The limits of generalisability: community-based sexual health interventions with gay men, Graham Hart and Jonathan Elford
13. The value of systematic reviews of the effectiveness of sexual health interventions, Jonathan Shepherd and Angela Harden
14. Challenges for future sexual health intervention trials, Judith Stephenson

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