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Research Methods in Palliative Care

Julia M Addington-Hall, Eduardo Bruera, Irene J Higginson, and Sheila Payne


Palliative and end-of-life care are concerned with the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual care of people with advanced disease. It currently has a poorly developed research base, but the need to improve this is increasingly recognized. One of the reasons for the lack of research — and the variable quality of the research that is undertaken — is the difficulty of conducting research with very ill and bereaved people. Standard and well-established research methods may need to be adapted to work in this context. This means that existing research methods' books may be of limited use to ... More

Keywords: palliative, end-of-life care, advanced disease, research, bereaved, epidemiological

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780198530251
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530251.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia M Addington-Hall, editor
Chair in End of Life Care, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southampton, UK
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Eduardo Bruera, editor
Professor and Chair, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, The University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA

Irene J Higginson, editor
Professor of Palliative Care and Policy, Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation, King's College London, UK
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Chapter 1 Introduction

Julia M. Addington-hall

Section 1 Clinical trials

Section 2 Survey research

Chapter 4 Survey Design

Julia M. Addington-Hall

Section 3 Epidemiological research methods

Chapter 6 Experimental and quasi-experimental designs

Massimo Costantini, and Irene J. Higginson

Chapter 7 Outcome measurement

Irene J. Higginson, and Richard Harding

Chapter 8 Systematic reviews

Marjolein Gysels, and Irene J. Higginson

Section 4 Qualitative research methods

Chapter 12 Mixed methods for evaluation research

Christine Ingleton, and Sue Davies

Chapter 13 Ethnography

Jane Seymour

Section 5 How To …

Chapter 15 How to develop a research question

Laura Kelly, and Patrick Stone

Chapter 19 How to write a paper

Julia M. Addington-hall

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