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Conducting Health Research
Principles, Process, and Methods

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March 2019 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Conducting Health Research: Principles, Process, and Methods presents an integrated and practical introduction to the principles and strategies for planning, implementing, reporting, and assessing health sciences research. Comprehensive in its breadth and depth, with an accessible writing style, this text prepares students in public health and related fields to be adept researchers and consumers of health research.

Through real-world examples and step-by-step guidance, Frederick J. Kviz provides students with the skills they need to: identify and evaluate research strengths and limitations as practitioners; to actually perform the various core aspects of research; and to choose among alternative methods when making decisions about health practice, policy, and future research needs.


 
Preface
 
Companion Website
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1 • The Nature and Process of Research
Learning Objectives

 
Overview

 
The Nature of Research

 
The Research Process

 
Key Points

 
Review and Apply

 
Study Further

 
 
Chapter 2 • Conducting Ethically Responsible Research
Learning Objectives

 
Overview

 
Ethical Principles of Research With Human Subjects

 
Federal Regulations

 
Privacy Protection

 
Key Points

 
Review and Apply

 
Study Further

 
 
Chapter 3 • Variables and Relationships
Learning Objectives

 
Overview

 
Types of Variables

 
Attributes of Relationships

 
Causal Concepts

 
Key Points

 
Review and Apply

 
Study Further

 
 
Chapter 4 • Research Design Diagrams and Components
Learning Objectives

 
Overview

 
Research Design Diagrams

 
Research Design Components

 
Key Points

 
Review and Apply

 
Study Further

 
 
Chapter 5 • Research Design Validity
Learning Objectives

 
Overview

 
Observational Designs

 
Causal Designs

 
Internal Validity Threats and Strategies

 
External Validity Threats and Strategies

 
Balancing Internal and External Validity

 
Key Points

 
Review and Apply

 
Study Further

 
 
Chapter 6 • Research Designs
Learning Objectives

 
Overview

 
Observational Designs

 
Causal Designs

 
Key Points

 
Review and Apply

 
Study Further

 
 
Chapter 7 • Random Sampling and Assignment
Learning Objectives

 
Overview

 
Random Sampling

 
Random Assignment

 
Key Points

 
Review and Apply

 
Study Further

 
 
Chapter 8 • The Measurement Process
Learning Objectives

 
Overview

 
From Concepts to Data

 
Levels of Measuremen

 
Measurement Theory

 
Assessing Measurement Reliability

 
Assessing Measurement Validity

 
Item Response Theory

 
Key Points

 
Review and Apply

 
Study Further

 
 
Chapter 9 • Developing a Measurement Instrument
Learning Objectives

 
Overview

 
The Instrument Development Process

 
Using Existing Instruments

 
Developing a Rating Scale

 
Key Points

 
Review and Apply

 
Study Further

 
 
Chapter 10 • Developing a Structured Questionnaire
Learning Objectives

 
Overview

 
Key Concepts

 
Questionnaire Development Process

 
Questionnaire Design and Data Collection Mode

 
Questionnaire Format

 
Questionnaire Structure

 
Key Points

 
Review and Apply

 
Study Further

 
 
Chapter 11 • Writing Survey Questions
Learning Objectives

 
Overview

 
Types of Questions

 
Question Wording

 
Question Structure

 
Response Choices

 
Key Points

 
Review and Apply

 
Study Further

 
 
Chapter 12 • Survey Research Methods
Learning Objectives

 
Overview

 
Basic Concepts

 
Data Collection Modes

 
Conducting a Survey

 
Interviewing

 
Key Points

 
Review and Apply

 
Study Further

 
 
Chapter 13 • Qualitative Research Methods
Learning Objectives

 
Overview

 
Basic Concepts

 
Qualitative Interview Methods

 
Observation Methods

 
Sampling

 
Mixed Methods

 
Key Points

 
Review and Apply

 
Study Further

 
 
Chapter 14 • Secondary Analysis and Existing Data
Learning Objectives

 
Overview

 
Basic Concepts

 
The Secondary Data Analysis Process

 
Advantages, Limitations, and Ethics

 
Secondary Data Sources

 
Synthesizing Results From Multiple Studies

 
Key Points

 
Review and Apply

 
Study Further

 
 
Chapter 15 • The Analysis Process and Reporting Results
Learning Objectives

 
Overview

 
The Data Analysis Process

 
Overview of Quantitative Data Analysis

 
Overview of Qualitative Data Analysis

 
Reporting Research Results

 
Key Points

 
Review and Apply

 
Study Further

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

study.sagepub.com/kviz

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides that offer flexibility when creating multimedia lectures so you don’t have to start from scratch but you can customize to your exact needs.
  • Chapter Outlines summarize key concepts by chapter to help you prepare for lectures and class discussions, and can also be used as in-class handouts for students.
  • Full-text SAGE journal articles carefully selected by the author illustrate chapter concepts.
  • Sample syllabi provide suggested models for structuring your course using the text.
  • Figures & Tables from the book available for download.

 

“This text provides clear, detailed, student focused, explanations for critical concepts of research, appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate health sciences students.”

Janet Reid-Hector
Rutgers University

“After reading this text, I know that my students will be on the correct path to starting a productive research career or project.”

Michelle Renee Chyatte
University of Cincinnati

“Very well written with clear explanations of methods and concepts with excellent tables, figures, and examples to assist in the learning processes.”

John R. Contreras
Westminster College

“The textbook is well-written, an excellent resource both in the classroom and in for one's career. Definitely hang onto this book.”

Robert LaChausse
California Baptist University

“With its succinct style and broad coverage this text provides an excellent platform upon which to build a research curriculum. It frees the instructor to provide in depth coverage of preferred topics by providing the essentials in a readily digestible style.”

Robert Duval
West Virginia University

Kviz's text is visually appealing; easy to read and comprehend; and makes the research process much more meaningful through practical examples, breakout boxes, and graphic representations.

Dr Christopher Shar
Psych/Soc/Social Work, Angelo State University
May 1, 2019
Key features
KEY FEATURES:

  • An integrated approach that balances quantitative and qualitative methods encourages students to consider the full range of possible methods for addressing a research problem.
  • Three chapters addressing survey and questionnaire design prepare students to produce a quality research project.
  • Key Points boxes provide students with bulleted lists of salient points for at-a-glance reference and review.
  • Learning Objectives appear at the beginning of each chapter and are tied to assessment material.
  • Key Concept sidebars highlight the definitions of important terms and areincluded in the glossary for easy reference.
  • Review and Apply exercises allow students to apply the concepts learned to real-life situations and can be used by instructors as assignments or research projects.
  • Figures, tables, and diagrams provide students with visual examples of major concepts.
  • Learning Checks questions give students a chance to pause and assess their understanding and can be used by instructors as discussion questions.
  • Chapter Summaries focus on key chapter points for students to review.


Sample Materials & Chapters

1: The Nature and Process of Research

6: Research Designs


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