Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course
Module 6: Basic Components of a Study (Page 9 of 11)
Surveys | Cohort Studies | Case-Control Studies | Randomized Clinical Trials
In this module you learned about the four main study designs - surveys, cohort studies, case-control studies and randomized clinical trials.
You gained an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the four major study designs so that when you perform searches for your clients and review the resulting articles your can pick the studies with the most relevance and to the research question. In brief, you have learned how to evaluate the study design in order to evaluate the quality of a paper.
To stay current with what is happening in health services research methods, pay particular attention to new books on the topic. Web sites continue to be developed that provide a simpler explanation of research methods than you might find in books designed for researchers. Lecture notes from those teaching research methods courses might also be worth examining. Even if you cannot gain access to the lecture notes, many faculty make their syllabi available. With a syllabus you can extract the readings and go from there to a better understanding of the methods.
Before you go to the next module which describes the importance of librarians in the research process, you might want to examine this module's Enrichment Section.
Prepare yourself to take the quiz for this module by reviewing possible questions. Then take the quiz. From the quiz you can apply for the Certificate of Success for this module.
Module 6: Quiz 6 [review questions]
If you do not wish to take the quiz for Module 5, move on to Module 7: The Librarian's Role in Health Services Research.
When you have completed the course please take time to give us feedback by filling out the evaluation form for these modules. Thank you.