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Health Services Research Methods, 3rd Edition

  • Leiyu Shi
  • ISBN-10: 1133949673
  • ISBN-13: 9781133949671
  • 480 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 1997
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Published
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About the Product

Health Services Research Methods, 3rd Edition enables future administrators to measure structure, process, and outcome variables and leverage that information to improve efficiency and equity in health services. Starting with the fundamentals, content follows a systematic approach for conducting research, including how to identify, measure and evaluate issues in health care settings. Chapters also address how to design research studies, choose the appropriate sample, collect data, conduct statistical analysis, and apply findings. Newly updated, expanded content in this edition offers the latest insights on social epidemiology, ethics, evidence-based medicine and the effects of HIPAA on health services research. New frameworks, examples, and end-of-chapter review questions round out content and give students practice developing both classic and contemporary skills.


  • Practice Problems. Review questions at the end of each chapter enable readers to practice skills and assess their progress.

  • Step-by-Step Learning. The author’s systematic approach takes readers from conceptualization to application, exploring every step in between to offer a panoramic view of health services research and management.

  • Popular Methods. Chapters introduce the most commonly used research methods for applied health services research, including illustrations and examples for context and support.

  • Student Focused. Well-organized and easy to read, this powerful resource helps students develop the systematic mindset necessary for undertaking and mastering complex research projects.

  • One-of-A-Kind Appeal. Unlike other research texts, Health Services Research Methods, 3rd Edition focuses on applied methods for health services research—and only health services research.


This text is the most complete and definitive resource on research design and research methods in health services. It is easy to read, very well organized and serves as a reference text on the subject of research methods and design.
— Martha M. Perryman, Florida A&M University

About the Author

Leiyu Shi

Dr. Leiyu Shi is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is also Director of Johns Hopkins Primary Care Policy Center. Focusing his research on health policy and management, primary care, vulnerable populations, access to care and related issues, Dr. Shi was named by Thomson Reuters as among the most influential scientists in the world for a decade in the area of Social Science. Dr. Shi is the author of ten textbooks and over 200 scientific journal articles and serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal for Equity in Health. He received his M.P.A. and Dr.PH. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also earned an M.B.A with a focus in finance and health economics.

Table of Contents

1. Scientific Foundations of Health Services Research.
2. Conceptualizing Health Services Research.
3. Groundwork in Health Services Research.
4. Research Review.
5. Secondary Analysis.
6. Qualitative Research.
7. Experimental Research.
8. Survey Research.
9. Evaluation Research.
10. Design a Health Services Research Study.
11. Sampling in Health Services Research.
12. Measurements in Health Services Research.
13. Data Collection and Processing in Health Services Research.
14. Statistical Analysis in Health Services Research.
15. Applying Health Services Research.

New to this edition

  • Current References. Updated material and references reflect recent developments to expose readers to the most recent health-related research methods in use today.
  • Supporting Examples. New examples added to the 3rd Edition give readers better context for abstract research and statistical methods introduced throughout the book.
  • Systematic Approach. Designed to “walk” students through complex research methodologies, the 3rd edition delivers the process from start to finish and demonstrates how today’s health services organizations can benefit.
  • New Frameworks. The latest research methods and frameworks in health policy and health services research offer insights to health care management problems and innovative ways to address them.
  • Unique Content. Written expressly for the health care field, Health Services Research Methods, 3rd Edition is the only applied methods book available for conducting health services-specific research.
  • Concise Methods. Already known for a logical, systematic approach that connects with readers, this updated edition is clearer and easier to follow than ever.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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