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Literature review

‘Getting Started on your Literature Review’, The Learning Centre, University of New South Wales, 2012:

Greenhalgh, T. ‘How to read a paper: papers that summarise other papers (systematic reviews and meta-analyses)’ BMJ 315: 672, 1997.

Health Services Research PubMed Queries: www.nlm.nih.gov/hsrph.html.

Lancey, A. ‘Evidence based medicine: searching the medical literature Part 1’, Southern Soudan Medical Journal, 1, 2010.

‘Literature review’, RMIT, 2013. 

‘Literature Review Tutorial’, Central Queensland University Library, 2012: library.cqu.edu.au/litreview.

‘Writing a Literature Review’, The University of Canberra, 2012: www.canberra.edu.au/studyskills.

Research methodology

Alvesson, M. ‘Methodology for close up studies – struggling with closeness and closure’, Higher Education, 46: 167-193, 2003.

Alvesson, M. and Skoldberg, K. Reflexive Methodology: New Vistas for Qualitative Research, London: Sage, 2009.

‘Assessing the Credibility of Online Sources’, The Write Place and LEO, St Cloud State University (MN), 2005: leo.stcloudstate.edu.

Aveyard, H. and Sharp, P. A Beginner’s Guide to Evidence Based Practice in Health and Social Care, UK: Open University Press, 2009.

Bell, J. and Opie, C. Learning from Research: Getting more from your data, Buckingham: Open University Press, 2002.

Bergman, M. Advances in mixed methods research: theories and applications, Los Angeles: Sage, 2008.

Bowling, A. Research Methods in Health: Investigation Health and Health Services, Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2002.

Burns, R. Introduction to research methods. Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education, 2000.

Campbell M et al. (2000) Framework for design and evaluation of complex interventions to improve health. BMJ 321: 694-6.

Casarett D., Karlawish J.H.T. and Sugarman, J. ‘Determining When Quality Improvement Initiatives Should Be Considered Research’ JAMA 283: 2275-80, 2000.

‘Critical Appraisal Skills Programme’, Solutions for Public Health, 2010. {C}{C}

Crombie, I. K. and .Davies, H. T. O. Research in Health Care: Design, Conduct and Interpretation of Health Services Research, Wiley, 1996.

Equator Network, ‘Guidelines for reporting qualitative research’, 2012:

Greenfield, T. Research methods for postgraduates, London: Arnold, 2002.

Health Services Research (HSR) Methods: http://www.hsrmethods.org/

Kumar, R. Research methodology: a step-by-step guide for beginners, Frenchs Forest: Pearson Longman, 2011.

Kvale, S and Brinkmann, S. Interviews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing, Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2008.

Lohr, K. N. and Steinwachs, D. M. ‘Health services research: an evolving definition of the field’, Health Serv Res, 37:1, 7-9, 2002.

Liamputtong, P. and Ezzy, D. Qualitative research methods, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2009.

McNeil, D. Epidemiological research methods, New York: John Wiley, 1996.

Petrie, A. and Sabin, C. Medical Statistics at a Glance, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Pope, C. and Mays, N. (eds) Qualitative Research in Health Care, Wiley-Blackwell, 2006.

Richardson, W. S. et al. ‘The well-built clinical question: a key to evidence-based decisions’, ACP Journal Club, 123:3, A12-A13, 1995.

Research process flowchart for medical studies, RD Direct, University of Leeds, 2009. {C}{C}

‘The Cochrane Library’, Cochrane Collaboration, 2010: www.thecochranelibrary.com.

Thomas, M. Blending qualitative and quantitative research methods in theses and dissertations, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2003.


Coughlin, S. S. ‘Ethical issues in epidemiologic research and public health practice’, Emerging Themes in Epidemiology, 2006: www.ete-online.com/content.

National Ethics Application Forms (NEAF): www.neaf.gov.au.

NHMRC, ‘National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 – Updated 2009’, 2013: www.nhmrc.gov.au/publications/synopses.

NHMRC,Ethical aspects of qualitative methods in health research – Report of the Australian Health Ethics Committee. Canberra: AGPS, 1994.

NHMRC, Report on ethics in epidemiological research. Canberra: AGPS, 1985.


Anderson J. Assignment & Thesis Writing (4th edition), Brisbane: John Wiley & Sons, 2001.

‘Resources’, Australasian Medical Writers Association, 2011: www.medicalwriters.org.

Stuart, M. (ed.) The Complete Guide to Medical Writing, UK: Pharmaceutical Press, 2007.


‘Harvard Referencing’, The Learning Centre, University of New South Wales, 2012: www.lc.unsw.edu.au/onlib/ref.

‘Harvard Referencing for Electronic Sources’, The Learning Centre, University of New South Wales, 2012: www.lc.unsw.edu.au/onlib/ref_elec.

‘Avoiding Plagiarism’, The Learning Centre, University of New South Wales, 2012: www.lc.unsw.edu.au/onlib/plag.

Relevant Journals (ranked by Impact Factor)

Medical Care Research and Review, Impact Factor 2.959 – Research in health care services: www.sagepub.com/journals.

BMC Medical Research Methodology, Impact Factor 2.67: www.biomedcentral.com/bmcmedresmethodol.

Health Services Research, Impact Factor: 2.293 – Inform efforts to improve efficiency and value: www.hsr.org.

Health Care Management Review, Impact Factor 1.23 – Research on health care management, leadership and administration: www.journals.lww.com/hcmrjournal/Pages.

BMC Health Services Research, Impact Factor 1.72 – www.biomedcentral.com/bmchealthservres.

Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, Impact Factor 1.453 – Exploring the ideas, policies and decisions shaping health services worldwide: www.jhsrp.rsmjournals.com.

Australian Health Review, Impact Factor 0.545 – National and international health issues and questions: www.publish.csiro.au.

Health Services Management Research, No impact factor: www.hsmr.rsmjournals.com.

Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, No impact factor: http://www.springer.com/businessmanagement.


Berglund, C. A. (ed.) Health Research, South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Blaxter, L. et al. How to research, Buckingham: Open University Press, 2001.

Bouma, G. and Ling, R. The research process, South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Gerring, J. Case Study Research: Principles and Practices, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Handbook of Health Services Research: www.tinyurl.com.

Health Services Research Association Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ): www.hsraanz.org.

Institute of Medicine, Health Services Research: Workforce and Educational Issues. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1995: www.nap.edu/openbook.

National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology: www.nlm.nih.gov.

Meloy, J.M. Writing the qualitative dissertation: understanding by doing, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2002.

Moja, L. P. et al. ‘Compliance of clinical trial registries with the World Health Organization minimum data set: a survey’, Trials, 10: 56, 2009.

‘Patient and Public Involvement’, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2010: www.nice.org.uk/get-involved.

Polgar, S. and Thomas, S.A. Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences, Sydney: Churchill Livingston Elsevier, 2008.

Porta, M. and Last, J. M. A Dictionary of Epidemiology(5th edition), New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

‘Service User Involvement: Best Practice Guide’, Service User Involvement: www.serviceuserinvolvement.co.uk.

Steinwachs, D.M. ‘Health Services Research: Its Scope and Significance’, in P. Forman (ed.) Promoting Health Services Research in Academic Health Centers, Washington, DC: Association of Academic Health Centers, 23-72, 1991.

Stewart, D. et al. Focus groups: theory and practise, Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2007.

White, K.L. Health Services Research: An Anthology, Washington, DC: Pan American Health Organization, 1992.

University of New South Wales, Project Guidelines, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, 2010: www.sphcm.med.unsw.edu.au/sites/Project_Guidelines.pdf.

Uwe, F. An introduction to qualitative research, London: Sage, 2006. 

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