Title: Researching Health, second edition
Edited by: Mike Saks and Judith Allsop
Publisher: Sage Publication
Reviewer: Dr Jo H Wilson, healthcare researcher, Newcastle upon Tyne
What was it like?
A comprehensive well-written book covering a wide range of topics, provided by International contributors, covering many aspects of health research spread across five main parts. These parts include the Conduction and Context of researching health across the research process; the range of research approaches including Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods; Contemporary Issues including Governance and Ethics and formal and informal approaches; and The Application of Health Research using mixed methods and multidisciplinary research. The book also has an excellent companion website for both lecturers and students. For lecturers it provides teaching notes and powerpoint slides, which are excellent for lecture preparation. For students, there is an introductory online video, chapter overviews, web links, online readings and study skills.
What were the highlights?
The wide range of International Contributors who provide different views, new perspectives and experiences to broaden the health research knowledge base. It provides a good of the different methodologies, research strategies and ways of sharing research outcomes. The chapters on Randomised Controlled Trials and The Use of Economics in Health Research are excellent.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The book is well referenced, cross-referenced between chapters and there is a good glossary of terms. Each chapter uses figures, tables, boxes, exercises, case studies, recommended further reading and online reading, which is really useful for lecturers and students. The Companion Website is also an excellent resource to further enhance knowledge and understanding.
Who should read it?
This is an excellent resource for both lecturers and students in healthcare. Those interested in undertaking health research to let them see the guidance and useful help that is available should view it. This book will guide students through the key issues of health research and the different methods and research processes that can be applied to critical and creative studies.