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Examining the state of adult social care research 1990-2001: a systematic synthesis of research methods and quality

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2008
<mark>Journal</mark>Evidence and Policy : A Journal of Research Debate and Practice
Issue number3
Volume4
Number of pages28
Pages (from-to)155-182
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

This article reports on a systematic synthesis of the research methods and quality of peer reviewed empirical research relating to adult social care services (1990-2001). The range of research questions, research designs and methodological quality varied within and across four service user groups. Factors associated with variation in methodological quality included the type of research question, strategies and designs adopted, service user group, number of authors, unit of analysis and year of publication. The findings demonstrated a dearth of rigorous social care evaluations in the UK. These findings contribute to current initiatives aimed at improving the standard of health and social care research.