Focus groups in health research

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Research methods in health: Foundations for evidence-based practice, 2016, Third edition, pp. 84 - 104 (21)
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Research Methods in Health 3rd edition is an introductory text that shows students different research techniques and how they are of value to the health professions. The text assumes no prior knowledge and is written in an appealing, accessible style using examples to demonstrate the relevance and practical application of research to health care practice. Written to be inclusive of all health professions, fostering a team-based approach to health care practice. Covers qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research methods. Shows how to decide which research method to use and when. Draws sensible links between evidence-based practice and research methodology. Introduces ways in which you can make sense of the research data you have collected and instructions on how to write up the data in a more meaningful way.New to this EditionNew chapter 2: Getting started: Research Design and Evidence-Based Practice - on designing and planning a research project. It looks at salient issues that researchers must consider in designing and planning for their research. It illustrates the differences between qualitative and quantitative research and includes content on literature review and research proposals. More material on how to critically evaluate qualitative, quantitative and mixed method researchUpdated references and examplesMore on evidence-based practice and systematic review More nursing examples includedA guided tour is included to assist navigation and explain how to best take advantage of the learning features used throughout.Learning features Chapter Objectives - identify the material that students will cover in each chapterKey terms - help student identify key vocabulary to help them with their learningStop and Think - questions for students that encourage them to critically reflect on what they've read in the chapter.Research in Practice - These are research examples or practical cases that demonstrate how research can be applied in clinical practice.Key term margin notes - help student identify key vocabulary to help them with their learningPractice exercises (formerly tutorial exercises) - clarify use in both tutorials and student self-directed study (based on feedback)Chapter summary - review key learning points for each chapter so students can ensure they've covered the key topics.Further Reading and Websites - encourage students to conduct further investigation into each topic
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