This book is the third edition of a highly successful book in the Oxford General Practice Series. The aim is to provide practical guidance to get you to the point where you will be able to complete and publish a research project of your own. In this respect the book is intended as a basic research primer. The book is organised to follow the research process, from the initial formulation of a researchable question, through the process of deciding on a plan (the design), choosing a sample, and devising appropriate measurement 'instruments, to the data analysis and final writing up of the project. The book is appropriate for individuals planning research and groups. The text has been extensively revised, in part as a response to the increasingly important part palyed by computers in research. But also research techniques are in a contant state of development so it was opportune to update sections on research design and statistics. The last chapter on audit has now been placed in the context of clinical governance. From reviews from first edition: Practical, comprehensive, readable...better than the competition; well worth getting (like the rest of the series).
Postgraduate Education for General Practice. The text is comprehensible and guides the reader in a structured way through the research process. It will make a valuable contribution to improving research in general practice. Family Practice
Mr David Armstrong is reader in sociology as applied to medicine at London University and honorary consultant in public health medicine. He works in the Department of General Practice of the Guy's, King's and St. Thomas's medical School of King's College London. He is the author of almost 100 book chapters and academic papers. As well as experience in health services research he is a member of the MRC's Health services and Public Health research Board, the Cancer
Research Campaign's Psycho-social and Education Research Panel, the methodology Panel of the national Department of Health R&D programme, and he was for many years a member of the Scientific Panel of the South Thames region.
Dr John Grace remains an active principal in general practice in Medway. As well as a track record of health services research he has a long-standing interest in GP education. He has also played a very active part in many of the organisational changes in general practice in recent years.