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Research Methods in Health Psychology

Research Methods in Health Psychology

Research methods in health psychology

Introduction and Philosophical Background


Research methods is an enormous topic in its own right, with scores of books being dedicated to each of the subsections we cover. Given this, we have necessarily been selective, but have aimed to provide an overview of the main issues of both quantitative and qualitative research methods in a single source, and throughout provide direction to more detailed coverage elsewhere. This first section describes different philosophical approaches taken to research methods, with a view to highlighting where these lead to controversies and debates. The subsequent sections provide an overview of first quantitative research methods, then qualitative research methods. The final section discusses a concrete health services research issue, with the aim of ...

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