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Field Trials of Health Interventions: A Toolbox

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Peter G. Smith, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Richard H. Morrow, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

David A. Ross, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Copyright Year: 2015

ISBN 13: 9780198732860

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by Bethany Wrye, Associate Professor, Middle Tennessee State University on 5/20/21

Almost overwhelming in its comprehensiveness. Components or chapters of this text would be useful in several courses. read more

Reviewed by Katie Butte, Assistant Professor, Seattle Pacific University on 5/18/21

This text does an incredible job at covering all areas in this subject- namely considerations in medical trials. There is an easy way to navigate all areas of this book, or “toolbox”. A few areas I think topics could be added: • Analyzing... read more

Reviewed by Emily Lilo, Assistant Professor of Community Health, Western Oregon University on 2/14/19

This is a comprehensive guide to trial design and planning, providing the right level of breadth and depth, and giving the reader all of the key information I would imagine ever needing when getting ready to plan a new trial in an LMIC. It also... read more

Reviewed by Emma Sacks, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, American University on 2/1/18

The book is very comprehensive on the specific topic of intervention trials. It covers a range of steps from planning to execution of trials (even including formulas for sample size calculations and tips for grant applications), and anticipates... read more

Reviewed by Kate Magsamen-Conrad, Associate Professor, Bowling Green State University on 2/1/18

The textbook does a great job focusing on a relatively narrow area (field trials of health interventions) quite exhaustively. The scope of the book further narrows the area to "disease problems in low and middle-income countries" and RCTs. The... read more

Reviewed by Nicola Roberts, Senior Lecturer (Nursing and community health), Glasgow Caledonian University on 2/1/18

This book is a toolkit for students and academic staff to use to get experience of the practical component of undertaking research around public/global health and epidemiology, however this can be read by a wider audience. This book covers the... read more

Reviewed by Tyra Gross, Assistant Professor, Xavier University of Louisiana on 6/20/17

This text is what the authors call a “toolbox”, a 469-page open access text walking readers through the planning, implementation, data analysis and reporting of field trials (research trials conducted in the “field” or outside of clinical... read more

Reviewed by Rebecca Koszalinski, Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee-Knoxville on 6/20/17

The field guide is comprehensive yet succinct. It reminds the research scientist about most all expected processes but is not overly burdened with details. It does not read like a textbook but as a field guide. read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 Introduction to field trials of health interventions
  • Chapter 2 Types of intervention and their development
  • Chapter 3 Reviewing the literature
  • Chapter 4 Trial design
  • Chapter 5 Trial size
  • Chapter 6 Ethical considerations
  • Chapter 7 Trial governance
  • Chapter 8 Preparing grant applications
  • Chapter 9 Community engagement
  • Chapter 10 Censuses and mapping
  • Chapter 11 Randomization, blinding, and coding
  • Chapter 12 Outcome measures and case definition
  • Chapter 13 Preliminary studies and pilot testing
  • Chapter 14 Questionnaires
  • Chapter 15 Social and behavioural research
  • Chapter 16 Field organization and ensuring data of high quality
  • Chapter 17 Field laboratory methods
  • Chapter 18 Budgeting and accounting
  • Chapter 19 Intervention costing and economic analysis
  • Chapter 20 Data management
  • Chapter 21 Methods of analysis
  • Chapter 22 Phase IV studies
  • Chapter 23 Reporting and using trial results

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  • About the Book

    Before new interventions can be used in disease control programmes, it is essential that they are carefully evaluated in “field trials”, which may be complex and expensive undertakings. Descriptions of the detailed procedures and methods used in trials that have been conducted in the past have generally not been published. As a consequence, those planning such trials have few guidelines available and little access to previously accumulated knowledge. In this book the practical issues of trial design and conduct are discussed fully and in sufficient detail for the text to be used as a “toolbox” by field investigators. The toolbox has now been extensively tested through use of the first two editions and this third edition is a comprehensive revision, incorporating the many developments that have taken place with respect to trials since 1996 and involving more than 30 contributors. Most of the chapters have been extensively revised and 7 new chapters have been added.

    About the Contributors


    Peter G. Smith, Professor of Tropical Epidemiology, Medical Research Council Tropical Epidemiology Group, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

    Richard H. Morrow, Professor of International Health, Department of International Health, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

    David A. Ross, Professor of Epidemiology and International Public Health, Medical Research Council Tropical Epidemiology Group, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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