Health and Social Care Research Methods in Context
Applying Research to Practice
This is the first textbook to show how research using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods relates to improving health and social care practice.
The book shows how different research approaches are undertaken in practice and the challenges and strengths of different methodologies, thus facilitating students to make informed decisions when choosing which to use in their own research projects. The eleven chapters are each structured around different research methods and include:
- A brief overview of the research and research question
- Identification and overview of the research approach and associated methods selected to answer this question
- The sample and recruitment, including issues and challenges
- Ethical concerns
- Practical issues in undertaking the research approach
- Links between the research process and findings to health and social care values
- Links to the full research study
- Further reading
The book will be a required reading for all students of social work; social care; nursing; public health and health studies and particularly suitable for those on widening participation courses.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. 2. Using mixed methods in health and social care research. 3. Inclusive research – as a strategy for improving inclusive communities. 4. Using online surveys to capture health and social care data. 5. Using interviews and focus groups to investigate the effectiveness of mentoring in a UK healthcare trust. 6. Making sense of complexity: using thematic analysis to understand the role of the foster carer. 7. Participatory approaches to building knowledge. 8. Dialogical narrative analysis of practice-based educators’ stories of student placements. 9. An ethnographic approach to researching the communication of people with severe learning disabilities 10. Exploring perceptions of professional expertise within a health and social care context. 11. Health and social care inequalities in relation to ethnicity; British South Asian men and nursing careers.
Liz Tilly is Founder and Director of Building Bridges Training, West Midlands, UK, and Senior Lecturer in Social Care, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK. Liz is strongly committed to the full inclusion of people with learning disabilities in all aspects of life and has had regular professional and social contact with people with learning disabilities for many decades.