Public Health Methodology continued: we still take it seriously!
A while ago (time does fly!) we have talked about Public Health methodology at the International Journal of Public Health and its special section called Hints and Kinks which includes short methodological reports (1000 words max., no abstract) presenting topics relevant in survey research and surveillance. They report on experiences with techniques in a variety of areas and topics, such as writing questions, questionnaire design, survey implementation, or new and original ways to show results.
Following up on that post, I would like to present you two articles that got published in that section in 2011:
- A recruitment method to obtain community samples of children for survey research in Switzerland
In this paper, Dr. Meichun Mohler-Kuo, Professor Ben Jann, Dr. Michelle Dey and Dr. Ueli Zellweger from the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine of the University of Zürich and the Institute for Sociology of the Universtity of Bern present their experience of testing a method for recruiting children samples for sirvey research, using municipalities a the basic sampling unit.
- Classification and regression trees: In this paper, Dr. Niko Spreybroeck from the Université Catholique de Louvain presents the use of classification and regression trees, in order to explore relationships between a health outcome and its determinants. The paper includes a code to be run in the R software.
We hope you find these articles useful! What other methodological articles would you like to see in IJPH?