Effective Sexual Health Interventions: Issues in Experimental Evaluation

Hardcover | May 21, 2003

EditorJudith M. Stephenson, John Imrie, Chris Bonell

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The growing importance of the evidence-based movement has made experimental evaluation a key issue among researchers, practitioners, commissioners and policy makers. However, experimental evaluation remains controversial in the sexual health field. This partly reflects the diversity ofgroups involved in this area and their different views on the most appropriate research methods. This book provides an analysis of the methodological and practical issues involved in evaluating sexual health interventions. The book will appeal to trial enthusiasts through discussion of specific issues in trial design, and also to those with a sceptical interest in the potential of experimentation and its appropriateness or feasibility. It is concerned with methodology rather than the substantive findings ofresearch, and considers the requirements of research in both developed and developing countries. The focus of the book is on sexual health interventions, although many of the issues are equally applicable to other areas of behavioural and social research

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The growing importance of the evidence-based movement has made experimental evaluation a key issue among researchers, practitioners, commissioners and policy makers. However, experimental evaluation remains controversial in the sexual health field. This partly reflects the diversity ofgroups involved in this area and their different ...

Judith Stephenson is a Senior lecturer in Epidemiology, Department of sexually transmitted diseases, Royal Free and UCL Medical School, London. Chris Bonnell is a Medical Research Fellow, Social Sciences Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.74 inPublished:May 21, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198508492

ISBN - 13:9780198508496

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Section 1 - To experiment or not?1. Chris Bonnell, Rebecca Bennett and Ann Oakley: Sexual health interventions should be subject to experimental evaluation2. Susan Kippax: Sexual health interventions are unsuitable for experimental evaluation3. David A. Ross and Daniel Wight: The role of randomized controlled trials in assessing sexual health interventionsSection 2 - Methodological issues in the experimental evaluation of sexual health interventions4. Stephen Sutton: Using theories of behaviour change to develop and evaluate sexual health interventions5. Irwin Nazareth: Stages in the development and evaluation of complex interventions6. Sheila Bird: Choice of experimental design7. Richard Hayes: Cluster randomized trials of sexual health interventions8. Frances M. Cowan and Mary Plummer: Biological, behavioural and psychosocial outcome measures9. Rochelle N. Shain, Sondra Perdue, Jeanna M. Piper, Alan E.C. Holden and Jane Champion: Developing and validating complex behavioural outcome measures10. Daniel Wight and Angela Obasi: Unpacking the 'black box': the importance of process data to explain outcomesSection 3 - What happens after a trial is completed?11. Heiner Grosskurth and Lilani Kumaranayake: Generalizability of trials and implementation of research into practice12. Graham Hart and Jonathan Elford: The limits of generalizability: community-based sexual health interventions among gay men13. Jonathan Shepherd and Angela Harden: The value of systematic reviews of the effectiveness of sexual health interventions14. Judith Stephenson: Challenges for future sexual health intervention trials