Describes the variety of approaches in the assessment and evaluation of health and medical care. This text not only explains the principles of randomized controlled trials, case control studies, cohort studies and social surveys, but also the value of qualitative methods in gaining an understanding of healthcare.
Crispin Jenkinson is the deputy director of the Health Services Research Unit, University of Oxford, and a fellow of Green College, Oxford. He graduated from Bedford College, University of London, before going to Oxford where he gained an MSc in psychology and then undertook research on the measurement of health outcomes for a DPhil. He was appointed to a research fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford, before moving to the Health Services Research Unit. He has published extensively in the field of health status measurement and has edited a book in this field entitled Measuring Health and Medical Outcomes.
A comprehensive methods text describing the variety of approaches available in the assessment and evaluation of health and medical care. The text not only describes the principles of randomized controlled trials, case control studies, cohort studies and social surveys but also the value of qualitative methods in gaining an understanding of healthcare. Chapters are also included on the principles and problems of measuring outcomes in terms of patient satisfaction and quality of life, and assessing the economic value of treatments. The specific methodological problems of screening are discussed, and a final chapter outlines the issues surrounding meta-analysis and systematic reviews.
Assessment and evaluation of health and medical care
An introduction and overview
Randomized controlled trials
Case control and cohort studies
Patient assessed outcomes
Measuring health status and quality of life
Overviews and meta-analysis