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This module will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to understand, interpret, critically appraise and otherwise engage with research findings and the the research process in the field of medicine/health services.
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
This distance learning module is divided into two main parts: Part 1 (autumn term), dedicated to statistics, is delivered over 8 online sessions. Part 2 (spring term), dedicated largely to study designs and methodological aspects, is delivered over 9 online sessions.
For both parts, lectures and associated materials for self-study are delivered to students via adaptive release (previous week's quiz needs to be passed to get access to the following week's session).
Throughout the module duration, students will be encouraged to get in touch with the modules leader and ask questions or seek clarification on session content.
Collecting Data: The unit provides an overview in designing a research questionnaire, specifically it looks at the importance of clarity in asking questions, types of questions, scales, validity, coding, sensitive questions, and methods of administration.
Analysing Data: This unit will provide basic understanding and skills in descriptive and inferential statistics and how to perform these using SPSS. It will look at making sense of the statistical results presented in the literature, more specifically:
A general introduction detailing the role and meaning of health research methods in the context of evidence-based medicine and epidemiology will be given and the hierarchy of evidence produced by the main study designs be introduced. After that, sessions will focus on individual study designs (observational studies; randomised controlled trials; systematic reviews & meta-analysis, qualitative studies) and on concepts central to the design of studies, including information searching and handling, and ethics and research governance
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Health Research Methods Written Task
Online Statistical Quiz
Health Research Methods
Formative quizzes will take place weekly.
Summative quizzes will take place in weeks 3, 6 and 9 of module part 1.
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Automatic feedback on formative assessment will be provided via the VLE. Cohort feedback will be provided for the summative assessment in line with Departmental policy for examinations
Altman DG. (1991) Practical statistics for medical research. London: Chapman and Hall.
Bland, Martin. (2015). An introduction to medical statistics. Oxford University Press
Bowling A (2009) Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services, Open University Press, Milton Keynes
Farmer R and Lawrenson R (2004) Lecture Notes on Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine by (ISBN: 9781405106740). John Wiley &Co, Oxford
Peacock, J and Peacock, P. (2010) Oxford handbook of medical statistics. Oxford : Oxford University Press.
Peacock, J and Kerry S. (2007) Presenting medical statistics from proposal to publication: a step-by-step guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Field, A. (2013) Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics. SAGE.
Pallant, J. (2013) SPSS survival manual: a step by step guide to data analysis using IBM SPSS (5th edition), Open University Press.