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Methods for Community Public Health Research: Integrated and Engaged Approaches

Methods for Community Public Health Research: Integrated and Engaged Approaches (Paperback)

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This is the first text to advance beyond traditional methods of research about promoting community health by presenting a new paradigm for emerging methodologies that integrate qualitative and quantitative research methods. Written for graduate students of public health and practising researchers alike, the book highlights new technologies and methodologies that facilitate a more fluid use of integrated methods and interdisciplinary expertise. This new paradigm stresses the effects of ""place"" - socioeconomic disadvantage, access to health care, quality of housing - as having great relevance for health outcomes. Use of these new research methods will provide greater insight into how and why contextual and community factors impact health and for developing more effective intervention programmes.

The text focuses on new methods for inferring meaning from both the quantitative information that characterises communities and the words community members use in speaking about their lives. It pays particular attention to data collection and analysis and clearly demonstrates the intricacies of using spatial, systems and modelling analysis for community public health. The first section on inferring meaning from numbers includes spatial analysis, multilevel modelling, agent-based models and realist reviews. Section two, about inferring meaning from words, addresses system dynamics, concept mapping, visual voices and media analysis. Chapters illustrate applications of new methodologies to pressing health issues and provide Web links to such content as interactive mapping and videos of agent-based models.

Medical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesHealth systems & servicesMedical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesPublic health & preventive medicineEpidemiology & medical statisticsMedical & VeterinaryNursing & ancillary servicesNursingCommunity nursing Publisher: Springer Publishing Co Inc Publication Date: 30/04/2014 ISBN-13: 9780826198778  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jessica Griffin Burke, PhD, MHS, is Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Burke successfully uses a transdisciplinary approach to her work and has over a decade of experiencing nurturing long-term partnerships with local and national academic and community colleagues. Her 2005 ""Qualitative Health Research"" article was the first to introduce public health researchers to concept mapping as a participatory mixed methods approach for generating hypotheses and developing theory regarding complex issues. Dr. Burke has co-authored more than fifty articles and book chapters in behavioural and community health sciences. Steven M. Albert, PhD, MS, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS), Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. He leads the public health and ageing effort in the Department and co-directs the BCHS Evaluation Institute. His work focuses on determining how the social services network and related clinical services can function as public health interventions. He is the author of Public Health and Aging: Maximizing Function and Well-Being (with Vicki Freedman), 2nd edition, 2010, and Assessing Quality of Life in Alzheimer's Disease (with Rebecca Logsdon), 2000.

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