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Health Services Research Methods

Optimum health care based on sound scientific evidence demands the use of the best research methods available. Health Services Research Methods is based on the most wide ranging review ever conducted. Commissioned by the British National Health Service Health Technology Assessment Programme, leading experts have compiled systematic reviews of all the available scientific evidence in major research areas including: Non-randomised studies Outcome measurement Randomized trials Statistical methods Area level analysis Economic evaluation Qualitative methods Synthesising evidence. The chapters based on these reviews are a distillation of the most up to date information that everyone involved in health services research should have. Each one provides practical recommendations, and the research evidence is illustrated by case studies. Health care researchers from those in primary care to those in specialized fields will find this a highly readable and practical guide to the approaches they should be taking.
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Contributors Foreword 1.Researching health servicesPart one: measurement of benefits and costs2.Patient-assessed outcome measures3.The use of health-related quality of life measures in economic evaluation4.Collecting resource use data in clinical studies5.Designing and using patient and staff questionnairesPart two: Methods of evaluating health care6.Choosing between randomised and non-randomised studies7.Comparison of effect sizes derived from randomised and non-randomised studies8.Factors that limit the number, quality, and progress of randomised trials9.Ehics of randomised trials10.Implications of sociocultural contexts for ethics of randomised trials11.Evaluation of health care interventions at area dn organisation level12.Qualitative methos in health services researchPart three: Statistical methods13.Statistical methods: good practice and identifying opportunities for innovation14.An introduction to bayesian methods in health services research15.Quality of life aassessment and survival dataPart four: Presenting, interpreting, and synthesising evidence16.Systematic reviews of randomised trials17.Handling uncertainty in economic evaluations of health care interventions18.Consensus development methods for creating clinical guidelinesPart five: Future developments19.Horizon scanning: early identification of new health care technologies20.Evaluating new and fast-changing technologies21.Research implementation methodsAppendicesI What does "systematic" mean for reviews of methods?Ii Different types of systematic review in health services research Index

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