Research skills

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Resources to support eye care professionals looking to improve their research skills

  • Blanchet K, James P. How to do (or not to do)…?  a social network analysis in health systems research. Health Policy Plan. 2011 Aug 12. Article
  • Glossary: research and training. Comm Eye Health 2007;20(61): 17. Article
  • Fathers CP. Practical research: a basic outline for mid-level eye personnel. Comm Eye Health  2007;20(61): 4-5. Article
  • Patel D. Research and training programmes. Comm Eye Health 2007;20(61): 1-3. Article
  • Blackhall K. Searching for evidence-based information in eye care. Comm Eye Health 2005;18(56): 126-127.  Article
  • Kuper H, Gilbert C. Epidemiology for ophthalmologists: an introduction to concepts, study designs, and interpreting findings. Br J Ophthalmol 2005;89:378-384. Article
  • Wormald R. What is evidence-based ophthalmology? Introducing the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group. Comm Eye Health 2003;16(48): 60. Article
  • Meyer J. Qualitative research in health care. Using qualitative methods in health related action research. BMJ. 2000 January 15; 320(7228): 178-181. Article
  • Pope C, Ziebland S, Mays N Qualitative research in health care. Analysing qualitative data. BMJ. 2000 Jan 8;320(7227):114-6. Article
  • Dolin P, Evans J, Gilbert C, Green J, Minassian DC, Wormald R. Epidemiology in practice. J Comm Eye Health 1997-1999. Article series
  • Greenhalgh T,  Taylor R. How to read a paper. BMJ 1997-1998. Article series 
  • Pope C, Mays N. Reaching the parts other methods cannot reach: an introduction to qualitative methods in health and health services research. BMJ 1995;311:42-45. Article
  • Mays N, Pope C. Rigour and qualitative research. BMJ 1995;311:109-112 . Article
  • Kitzinger J . Introducing focus groups. BMJ 1995;311:299-302. Article
  • Guyatt G, Jaeschke R, Heddle N, Cook D, Shannon H, Walter S. Basic statistics for clinicians. CMAJ 1995. Article series
  • Bennett S, Woods T, Liyanage WM, Smith DL. A simplified general method for cluster sample surveys of health in developing countries. World Health Stat Q. 1991;44(3):98-106. Abstract
  • Nind M, Vinha H. Doing Research Inclusively, Doing Research Well? University of Southampton, 2012. Report
  • What Difference does a Policy Brief Make? Institute for Development Studies 2012. Report
  • A Guide for African Science Media Officers. Wellcome Trust 2011. Guidelines
  • Ethical challenges in study design and informed consent for health research in resource-poor settings. World Health Organization 2007. Book
  • The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale. NHS Health Scotland, University of Warwick and University of Edinburgh 2006. Guideline
  • The ethics of research related to healthcare in developing countries. Nuffield Council on Bioethics (NCB). 2002. Report
Print publications
  • Gordon J Johnson, Darwin C Minassian, Robert A Weale, Sheila K West (Eds). The epidemiology of eye disease – 3rd edition. World Scientific 2012. Price: £98. Ordering information and free download of foreword and chapter 1 
  • Michael Hills and Bianca L. De Stavola. A short introduction to Stata for biostatistics (updated to Stata 12). Timberlake 2012 Price: ~$52. Ordering information
  • Monique M. Hennink, Emory University, Atlanta International Focus Group Research. A Handbook for the Health and Social Sciences. Sage Publications 2007. Price: ~£24. Ordering information
  • Green, Judith and Browne, John. Principles of Social Research (Understanding Public Health) Open University Press. 2005 Price ~£18. Ordering information
  • Hall GM. (Ed.) How to write a paper – 3rd ed. Wiley Blackwell. 2003. Price: ~£12. Ordering information
  • Mendeley. Mendeley Ltd 2014 Software
  • Epi-Info 7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2013. Software
  • EQUATOR network resource centre. Web site
  • International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Web site
  • Qualitative research. BMJ. Web site 
  • Rapid assessment of avoidable blindness survey. Web page
  • Research data management guidance. University of Edinburgh. 2013 Web site