Research and Evaluation Methods - SO734

Sorry, this module is not currently running in 2019-20.




This module is ONLY available to students studying the BSc in Management in Primary Care



This research and evaluation methods module will introduce quantitative and qualitative research methods relevant to applied health. It will particularly focus on how to use such methods on you own research projects. This will involve you identifying the research and evaluation techniques most applicable to your projects and topic areas. It will also cover practical issues around the planning of research projects, including research ethics. The module will focus primarily on research and evaluation in relation to long term conditions.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Each week in the autumn term there will be a two-hour lecture followed by a one-hour seminar.


Available 2015/16

Method of assessment

The module is assessed on the basis of 100% coursework. 25% comes from the 1500 word research project plan. 75% comes from the 3500 word research paper that will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.

Indicative reading

There is no one text which covers the course as a while; however a number of texts are relevant and will be used as preparatory reading for the lectures:

• Bowling, A. (2014). Research methods in health: Investigating health and health services. Fourth Edition. Open University Press.
• Curtis, E., & Drennan, J. (2013). Quantitative Health Research Methods: Issues and Methods. Open University Press
• Hart E & Bond M (1995) Action Research for Health and Social Care. Buckingham: OU Press.

• Overtveit, J. (1998). Evaluating health interventions: Introduction to evaluation of health treatments, services, policies and organisational interventions. Buckingham, PA: Open University Press.
• Pope C & Mays N (2006) Qualitative Research in Health Care Third Edition. London: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
• Robson C (2011) Real World Research. Chichester: John Wiley and Son
• Rosstad T, Garason H, Steinsbekk A et al (2013) Development of a patient-centred care pathway across healthcare providers: a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research 13: 121 open access
• Reeve J, Blakeman T, Freeman G et al (2013) Generalist solutions to complex problems: generating practice-based evidence – the example of managing multi-morbidity. BMC Family Practice 14:112 open access
• Saks, M. (2000). Developing research in primary care. Radcliffe Publishing
• Saks, M., & Allsop, J. (2012). Researching Health: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed methods. Second Edition. Sage Publications
• Walker, D-M. (2014). An introduction to Health Services Research. Sage Publications.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to:
• Understand the different research and evaluation methods
• Know the potential strengths and limitations of different research methods
• Be able to discuss key ethical issues in the conduct of research
• Know how to develop a research plan, including research aims, objectives/hypotheses, appropriate methods, data handling and analysis
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of the complexities in evaluating interventions delivered in primary care
• Appraise, discuss and justify evaluation methods in terms of a project aims

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