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Evaluating Health Interventions : Introduction to Evaluation of Health Treatments, Services Policies and Organizational Interventions - John Ovretveit

Evaluating Health Interventions

Introduction to Evaluation of Health Treatments, Services Policies and Organizational Interventions

Paperback Published: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9780335199648
Number Of Pages: 336

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An overview of the range of approaches to evaluation, this book is aimed at those researchers who need to know the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches. It describes principles, concepts and methods for evaluating health treatments, services, policies and organizational interventions. The book adopts an even-handed and accessible approach to the many different evaluation paradigms and methods. Its practical, multidisciplinary approach shows how to ensure that evaluation results in action. It emphasizes the increasingly important role that evaluation plays in everyday clinical, managerial and policymaking work.

"I recommend this as one of the best recent introductory texts on health service evaluation. It is clearly written, uncluttered by methodological details that can be found in other texts and is broad enough to be relevant to a wide range of people. Useful appendices provide learning exercises and a critical appraisal framework for analysing an evaluation and assessing evidence." - Health Service Journal "As an introductory text this book can be strongly recommended. It covers the body of evaluation theory. The new emphasis on evidence-based health care and the advent of clinical governance has highlighted particular gaps in the training and preparation of health service managers. Increasingly, they need to understandhow to commission and critique evaluations. For that group in particular, this text provides an excellent starting point." - British Journal of Health Care Management "Ovretveit provides the reader with an enlightening account of how evaluation might be applied from four different perspectives within a health service scenario: experimental evaluation, economic evaluation, developmental evaluation and managerial evaluation. Whilst in chapters five to eight he provides an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each. The wholetext achieves a strong sense of cohesion from a thorough consideration of the nature and design of evaluative methods and culminates with proposals for maximizing evaluative procedures within health care." - Medical Sociology News

What is evaluation?
Evaluation purpose, theory and perspectives Six designs
Seven case examples of evaluations
Experimental evaluations
Economic evaluations
Developmental evaluations
Managerial evaluations
Planning and managing an evaluation
The practice and politics of evaluation Data gathering methods
Data gathering concepts, analysis and interpretation
Evaluating quality Making more use of evaluations
References
Definitions
Framework for analysing an evaluation
Six evaluation designs - 'empty' formats
Ten learning exercises
Index
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ISBN: 9780335199648
ISBN-10: 033519964X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 17.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1