Using Evidence in Health and Social Care

Using Evidence in Health and Social Care

by Roger Gomm
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0761964940

ISBN-13: 9780761964940

Pub. Date: 11/13/2000

Publisher: SAGE Publications

This wide-ranging text on research methods in health and social care introduces readers to different kinds of evidence and helps them to evaluate the unique contributions of each. It acknowledges the variety of contexts in which practitioners work and the challenges of putting research into practice. The book introduces readers to research of different kinds - the

Overview

This wide-ranging text on research methods in health and social care introduces readers to different kinds of evidence and helps them to evaluate the unique contributions of each. It acknowledges the variety of contexts in which practitioners work and the challenges of putting research into practice. The book introduces readers to research of different kinds - the randomised controlled trial, the survey, qualitative research and action research - and highlights the underlying logic and value of each. It also addresses economic appraisal, and ethical issues in research. The text goes on to consider how there can be a much more active and dynamic interplay between practice and research, and using examples from health and social care shows that applying evidence is a complex process requiring the active participation of those on the receiving end.

Those who seek to develop and improve their practice will welcome this approach to evidence-based health. The text supports evidence-based practice but seeks to ensure that the interpretations and uses of it are broad, thoughtful and informed. As such, Using Evidence in Health and Social Care will be an essential text for research methods courses in health, social work and nursing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761964940
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
11/13/2000
Series:
Published in association with The Open University Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.53(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: EVIDENCE IN PRACTICE

Ways of Knowing

Making Sense of Surveys

Understanding Experimental Design

Interpreting Meanings

Using Action Research

Producing Evidence Ethically

PART TWO: PUTTING RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE

Research and Practice

Agency Information for Better Practice

Would it Work Here?

Should We Afford It?

Evidence for Planning Services

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