Rethinking the Survey

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Is there a correct methodological approach to health research? Are there methods which are consistently superior for yielding valuable insights in comparison with other methods? I doubt it. In this chapter, I argue that methodological approaches have, or should have, little to do with brand loyalties or the convenience of one’s usual skills in this area. Methodological choices should complement the research questions asked, as many a textbook will argue, but furthermore, the methods should also be sensitive to the needs and features of the respondents or social processes being studied.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Research in Practice
Subtitle of host publicationPolitical, ethical, and methodological issues
EditorsDerek Colquhoun, Allan Kellehear
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781489944979
ISBN (Print)9780412474705
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1993
Externally publishedYes

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