PART I LIMBERING UP.
1 Turning Your General Aim Into a Specific Question.
2 Taking a Preliminary Look at What Has Already Been Done.
PART II ON YOUR MARKS.
3 Coming Up With an Initial Plan of Action.
4 Carrying Out a Systematic Search.
5 Building a Team.
PART III GET SET.
6 Choosing the Best Study Design.
7 Selecting Samples for Quantitative Research.
8 Selecting Samples for Qualitative Research.
PART IV WAIT FOR IT.
9 Deciding What Information to Collect.
10 Tackling Confounders.
11 How Many People to Study?
12 Getting Ready for a Qualitative Analysis.
13 Getting Ready for a Quantitative Analysis.
14 Writing Your Final Protocol.
15 Arranging Funding.
16 Getting Permission to Go Ahead.
PART V GO!
17 Recruiting the Participants.
18 Collecting and Recording the Data.
19 Living With (and Without) the Data.
PART VI STAYING THE COURSE.
20 Taking Stock.
21 Making Sense of Your Results – the Quantitative Case.
22 Making Sense of Your Results – the Qualitative Case.
PART VII THE FINISHING LINE.
23 Writing a Research Paper.
24 Setting Out Your Findings.
25 Writing Your Discussion.
26 Writing a Thesis or Other Report.
27 Dealing With Journals.
"This is a well-intentioned introduction to health research." (British Journal of Cardiology, 2011)
"This book will appeal to students in all branches of the health profession and is warmly recommended." (Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, 2011)