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Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Public Health

Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Public Health

September 2011 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Public health research methods for the 21st century

Designed to meet the needs of public health students, practitioners, and researchers, this exciting and contemporary new text from the author of Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research, Second Edition offers a firm grounding in qualitative and mixed methods, including their social science roots and public health applications. It uniquely addresses two profound changes taking place in public health in the 21st century: the explosion of interest in global public health, and the growing reliance on community-engaged research methods. The author brings public health to life through the use of real-world case studies drawn from the author's funded research projects in breast cancer screening as well as homelessness and mental illness.

1. Introduction
2. Choosing the Right Qualitative Approach(es)
3. Mixed Methods
4. Getting Started: Study Design and Sampling
5. Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
6. Entering the Field and Conducting Observation
7. Interviewing and Use of Documents
8. Data Analysis and Interpretation
9. Strategies for Rigor
10. Telling the Story: Writing Up the Qualitative Study
About the Author

"There is a lack of quality qualitative texts specifically tailored for public health and I think this text could fill that gap. The emphasis on global health is a very attractive feature for this book as it would lend itself to a wide variety of professionals and students. The “start to finish” overview that the book attempts is very accessible for students who are just learning about how to go about conducting qualitative research."

Michael Reece
Indiana University-Bloomington

"…the data collection and analysis are all in one text, the examples given are great, and it provides a chapter on mixed-methods research which would be a natural segue into talking about quantitative data collection and analysis."

Stephanie B. Jilcott
East Carolina University

"The three greatest strengths are the breadth of topics covered, the connection between classroom teaching and real world practical experience and classroom exercises, resources, practical examples – offering lots of opportunities to practice what is learned in the classroom."

Rosemary M. Caron
University of New Hampshire

"Those of us who teach and use qualitative methods have been waiting for
a book like this for a long time. Deborah Padgett successfully conveys
the reasons for using qualitative methods, epistemological orientations,
methodological traditions, and the nuts and bolt of how to do and report
rigorous and relevant qualitative and mixed methods research. This
well-balanced book is the perfect fit for those of us who teach and
conduct applied health research."

Geoffrey Nelson, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology
Wilfrid Laurier

An excellent well-laid out textbook reference in research methodology, highly recommendable to students and lecturers.

Mrs Josephine D Morris
Interdiscipline, Winchester University
March 14, 2023

a clear outline of mixed and qualitative methods easily readable for public health students

Mrs jen menzies
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University
November 27, 2019

This is a suitable text for Postgraduate and PhD students. It covers not only the usual approaches to qualitative methods but the rise in interest in mixed methods. It also attends to theoretical and conceptual frameworks and rigour in mixed methods, topics students often struggle with. Over all the text is well presented, detailed.but accessible.

Dr Jillian Pooler
School of Dentistry , Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentis
May 19, 2016

Very useful supporting text to students wide ranging research methods module.
Will be helpful to those using these methods for their dissertation module

Ms Lynda Stobert
Faculty of Health (City South Campus), Birmingham City University
March 11, 2013

This book is easy to read and I have been a champion of mixed method research and have used this during my MPH & PhD in Glasgow University. Now I am in the Graduate Entry Medical School in Limerick University in Ireland and next week am going for the INMED conference in Dublin and my abstract has been accepted for oral presentation in the conference and the Title of my abstract & presentation is "An Evaluation of the GEMS Peer mentoring programme using Mixed Methods".
This book should be recommended for all schools that teach Public Health in the wider context as Social Determinants of Health where Public Health practitioners can use mixed methods in all their research as it gives life to the numbers and the research will be "Holistic".
I strongly recommend this book which enables students & public health practitioners to carry out evidence based mixed method research.

Dr Yoga Nathan
Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick
February 14, 2013

I found it to be a very good text. i recommended it both to my Maters and PHD students

Professor Maria Cordina
Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of Malta
February 13, 2013
Key features

Features and Benefits:

· Boxed Insert Case Examples illustrate key concepts as well as methodological skills, exposing readers to a variety of applications of the methods in global health settings.

· End-of-Chapter Exercises give students the opportunity to develop and hone their research skills.

· Suggested Additional Readings and Resources direct students to more in-depth readings that build upon the book's content. Resources such as websites and information on analytic software are additional benefits to grasping the methods.

· Instruction on Writing Grant Proposals in the appendix offers suggestions and information based upon the author's successful experience in obtaining funding for qualitative and mixed method research.

· Diverse Methodological Options are described, including case studies, ethnography, grounded theory, and mixed method designs.

· Cross-Cultural Issues, Rapid Assessment Procedures, and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) are covered through methodological instruction and case studies.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Introduction

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