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Book Review: Research in Health Care

Research in Health Care . I.K.Crombie with H.T.O. Davies. 288 pages, Wiley; Chichester, 1996. ISBN 0-471-96259-7. £14.99

Are you confident when asked to compare and contrast the uses, advantages, weaknesses, potential pitfalls and interpretation of case series, surveys, cohort studies, clinical trials, case-control studies, qualitative methods of research and operations research? Can you move with ease between research questions in epidemiology, economics, psychology, sociology and health promotion? When you appraise a research report do you readily identify flaws in study design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation? Do you understand fully the scope of health services research? Is your writing style relaxed, accessible and enlivened by informative examples? If you answered yes to all of these questions then you are either the author of this book or an editor of Bandolier . For everyone else interested in the design, conduct and interpretation of health services research this book provides an excellent, readable, practical introduction to the subject.

Douglas Justins
St Thomas' Hospital London
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