- Literature Search Task & Analysis of a sample of qualitati...
Literature Search Task & Analysis of a sample of qualitative data. Illustrate your essay with specific examples.
Even a cursory glance at the wider literature shows that Public
Health and Health Promotion is a vast field with many
specialisms. Indeed, the field is so large that a search
requires a strong focus within a specific subject or sub-field.
In this case the decision was made to focus on smoking
cessation. Smoking cessation and health has received large
amounts of attention over the last few decades and thus there is
likely to be an extensive literature on the topic.
There are concerns about which studies to consider with regard
to rigour and standards. There is a strong argument for only
considering RCT studies. But what if there is a good study
with meaningful and insightful findings that has not made use of
RCTs? These needs to be considered carefully before the
review begins and the decision made at a very early stage.
This consideration is reflected in the use of the community
It was clear from this study that web-based studies sources
quickly become unavailable resulting in key studies being
'lost'. Out of interest, a Google Scholar search was
conducted on 'smoking cessation + RCT' and 'tobacco addiction +
RCT'. They resulted in 'about 1,550' and 'abut 334' hits