Master's degree in Rehabilitation Science in Healthcare Professions

Epidemiology and statistics - METODOLOGIA DELLA RICERCA SOCIALE

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Name of lecturer
Michele Bertani
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LMSRPS - 1° ANNO 1° SEM. dal Nov 19, 2020 al Mar 20, 2021.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to introduce to students the tools and knowledge for the design, implementation and analysis of empirical research in the socio-health field and is organized in three modules:

The first module is dedicated to the logic of research, through the analysis of the main theoretical paradigms that guide research in the social sciences and the empirical translation of theories;

The second module analyses the main quantitative and qualitative research techniques. It will examine the methods and tools by which social research is conducted: the standardised questionnaire, the official statistical sources, the in-depth interviews, the participant observation, the focus group, the scale technique (with a focus on rehabilitation scales);

The third module focuses on mixed methods in empirical research in the socio-health field, with comparative analysis of several research.


- Sociology and social research – basic concepts: methodology, techniques, paradigm
- The basic paradigms of social research
- Quantitative research and qualitative research
- Data collection: quantitative techniques
o Sample Inquiry
o The stair technique
o Official statistical sources
o Sampling
- Data collection: qualitative techniques
o Participant observation
o The qualitative interview
o Focus group
- Mixed methods research in the socio-health field

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
PIERGIORGIO CORBETTA Metodologia e tecniche della ricerca sociale Il Mulino 2014 978-88-15-25213-5
Andrew, Sharon., and Elizabeth. Halcomb Mixed Methods Research for Nursing and the Health Sciences Wiley-Blackwell 2009 1-282-30604-9 Per studenti Univr: testo disponibile online su UNIVERSE,contains,Mixed%20Methods%20Research%20for%20Nursing%20and%20the%20Health%20Sciences&offset=0 ATTENZIONE: accesso fino al 30 novembre 2020: la copia scaricata sul proprio PC rimane senza limiti di tempo/scadenza

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam test will take place in two parts and with two separate assessments:

Part 1: Group work (critical analysis of empirical research in the socio-health field), programmed for the last lesson of the Course
The practical exercise (group work) will allow a first socialization to empirical research. The tutorial presents itself as an added value, which helps to overcome the limits of a traditional course, so that knowledge is also embodied in experience (knowing vs. know-how; know versus know-how). The exercise is also useful in increasing useful skills for the future: job interviews and group trials, group coordination, exhibition skills, group work, etc. that are often required in large organisations;

Part 2: Individual written test on the concepts and themes presented during the Course

The final vote will be calculated as an average of the outcome of the first and second tests.

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