research methods

Determining accuracy of self-reported smoking status in pregnant women at maternity booking and second trimester serum screening

Report of a study which aimed to determine what impact the dependence on self-report of smoking status during pregnancy has on both access to smoking cessation services and the accuracy of smoking prevalence figures in the pregnant population of Scotland.

Going the extra mile: an evaluation of a residential unit for younger children provided by Aberlour Sycamore Service (full report)

Study detailing the philosophy and practice of a residential unit, underlining the importance of relationships, teamwork and a clearly articulated philosophy of care and highlighting the way the unit integrates with foster, education and therapeutic services.

Work, saving and retirement among ethnic minorities: A qualitative study

This research study was designed to examine the different factors that affect the work, savings and retirement decisions of ethnic minority groups. The aim of this qualitative research was to fill acknowledged gaps in existing research to ensure that policies are appropriate and sensitive to any cultural differences. The findings are based on depth interviews conducted with people from the six main ethnic minority groups in the UK (Indian, Pakistani, Black Caribbean, Black African, Bangladeshi and Chinese), including those below and above State Pension age.

Using local statistics to portray ethnic residential segregation in London

Much has been written about ethnic residential segregation in urban areas, almost all of it deploying single-index numbers to measure the degree of segregation. These give very little detailed appreciation of the extent to which different ethnic groups live apart from each other, and where.

Sexual abuse and therapeutic services for children and young people : the gap between provision and need : executive summary

Report summarising research conducted by the NSPCC and Edinburgh University into the availability and accessibility of therapeutic services for children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse in the UK. It aimed to map services provided by a variety of voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations.

A Strong Start : good practices in using a local situation assessment to begin a youth substance abuse prevention project

This publication aims to help to develop a youth substance abuse prevention project with a strong foundation - one that strives to involve young people and other important groups in determining the local substance abuse situation and in planning to address the situation. It is not a step-by-step recipe for planning a substance abuse prevention project on the basis of a local situation assessment but rather, a presentation of principles that, when applied, will increase the likelihood of successful outcomes.

'Voice of the Child' Under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 : Giving Due Regard for Children's Views in All Matters that Affect Them : Volume 1

The Children (Scotland) Act 1995 brings together aspects of family, child care and adoption law that affect children. The Act seeks to incorporate the 3 key principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) – i.e. non- discrimination; a child’s welfare as a primary consideration; and listening to children’s views, into Scottish legislation and practice.

Motivational interviewing: a systematic review and meta-analysis (IN British Journal of General Practice, 55: 513, pp. 305-312)

Motivational interviewing is a well-known, scientifically tested method of counselling clients developed by Miller and Rollnick and viewed as a useful intervention strategy in the treatment of lifestyle problems and disease.

OA nation reveals people live in constant pain

Section of the Arthritis Care website which describes and links to 'OA nation', a large-scale survey and report uncovering the scale and nature of the difficulties facing arthritis sufferers and calling for a UK-wide strategy, which includes agreed standards of care for arthritis and its addition to the GP Contract.