Social Science Methods in Health Research

  • ID: 4031617
  • Book
  • 2157 pages
  • SAGE Publications Ltd
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The six-volume Social Science Methods in Health Research set comprehensively addresses research methods used in social science for the health sector. The six volumes are illustrative and indicative of the range of social science methods in health research. It is ordered in large part according to the scope of the research questions covering the micro-, meso-, and mega-levels of health research.
The first three volumes, Foundations, Basic Science and Clinical Research focuses mainly on micro- and meso-level studies. Volume 1 centres on the foundations of social science research, including history, ethics, and more. Volume 2 addresses the use of social science methods in basic biomedical studies involving humans and other animals, while Volume 3, the last volume provides insight into the importance of using social science methods in clinical research.

Volumes 4-6, cover Organizations, Systems and Public Health Research, and address research methods that can be used to study health related issues in broad contexts, mainly at the mega-level. Volume 4 addresses methodological issues particular to studying health care organizations and how those organizations can be studied using methods from the social sciences including case studies, leadership research, and more. Volume 5 explores how social science methods can be used to study health care systems (across and beyond health care organizations), including policy studies, systems research, and more. Volume 6, the final volume focuses on social science methods in public health research, including population research, social determinants studies, and more.

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Josephine MacIntosh, Cheryl Forchuk and Abraham Rudnick


Section I – Foundations

Lab Experiments are a Major Source of Knowledge in the Social Sciences Armin Falk and James J Heckman

Nature’s Experiments and Natural Experiments in the Social Sciences Mary S Morgan

Generalization in Quantitative and Qualitative Research: Myths and Strategies Denise F Polit and Cheryl Tatano Beck

A Philosophical Analysis of the General Methodology of Qualitative Research: A Critical Rationalist Perspective Abraham Rudnick

Thick Description: Toward an Interpretative Theory of Culture Clifford Geertz

Action Research and Minority Problems Kurt Lewin

Section II - Research planning

Participatory Action Research: Considerations for Ethical Review Nazilla Khanlou and Elizabeth Peter

Ethical Challenges for the Social Sciences on the Threshold of the 21st Century Hebe Vessuri

Doing Participant Observation in a Psychiatric Hospital - Research Ethics Resumed Christine Oeye, Anne Karen Bjelland, and Aina Skorpen

Changing Constructions of Informed Consent: Qualitative Research and Complex Social Worlds Tina Miller and Mary Boulton

Validity and Reliability in Social Science Research Ellen A Drost

Qualitative Research Sample Design and Sample Size: Resolving and Unresolved Issues and Inferential Imperatives Robert T. Trotter II

Sampling in Qualitative Research: Rationale, Issue, and Methods Mark R Luborsky and Robert L Rubinstein

Mixed Methods Sampling Charles Teddlie and Fen Yu

Section III - Applications

The Focus Groups in Social Research: Advantages and Disadvantages Ivana Acocella

How Many Interviews are Enough?: An Experiment with Data Saturation and Variability Greg Guest, Arwen Bunce and Laura Johnson

Josephine MacIntosh, Cheryl Forchuk and Abraham Rudnick


Section I – Ethical factors

Other-consciousness and the Use of Animals as Illustrated in Medical Experiments Abraham Rudnick

Ethical and Methodological Standards for Laboratory and Medical Biological Rhythm Research Francesco Portaluppi, Yvan Touitou, and Michael H Smolensky

Section II - Biological methods for assessing behaviour

The Importance of Race and Ethnic Background in Biomedical Research and Clinical Practice Esteban Gonzalez Burchard, Elad Ziv, Natasha Coyle, Scarlett Lin Gomez, Hua Tang, Andrew J. Karter, Joanna L. Mountain, Eliseo J. Perez-Stable, Dean Sheppard, and Neil Risch

Neuroeconomics: A Bridge for Translational Research Carla Sharp, John Monterosso, and P. Read Montague

Mouse Testing Methods in Psychoneuroimmunology: An Overview of How to Measure Sickness, Depressive

Anxietal, Cognitive, and Physical Activity Behaviors Jason M York, Neil A. Blevins, Tracy Baynard, and Gregory G Freund

The Need for a Cognitive Neuroscience of Naturalistic Social Cognition Jamil Zaki and Kevin Ochsner

Multilevel Integrative Analyses of Human Behavior: Social Neuroscience and the Complementing Nature of Social and Biological Approaches John T Cacioppo, Gary G Berntson, John F Sheridan, and Martha K McClintock

Section III – Alternative forms of knowledge

Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Science: Methods and Applications Henry P Huntington

Unfair Pay and Health Armin Falk, Fabian Kosse, Ingo Menrath, Pablo Emilio Verde, and Johannes Siegrist

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Section I - Evaluation of research

Conceptual Framework for Behavioral and Social Science in HIV Vaccine Clinical Research Chuen-Yen Lau, Edith M. Swann, Sagri Singh, Zuhayr Kafaar, Helen I Meissner, and James P Stansbury

Translating Basic Behavioral and Social Science Research to Clinical Application: The EVOLVE Mixed Methods Approach Janey C Peterson, Susan Czajkowski, Mary E. Charlson, Alissa R. Link, Mart
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Abraham Rudnick - Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University
Cheryl Forchuk - Associate Director, Nursing Research, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing
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