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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Research Methods in Psychiatry (third edition)

Edited by Chris Freeman and Peter Tyrer

Price: £25.00

Members' discount available

Published: Dec 2006

Format: paperback

Number of pages: 344

ISBN: 9781904671336

Research Methods in Psychiatry (third edition)

This updated comprehensive guide to psychiatric research methods takes the reader from getting started in research through to publishing a paper, with advice on avoiding common pitfalls along the way. Systematic analysis and meta-analysis, epidemiology, qualitative research, and research focused on a few patients are discussed, together with the principles of validity and reliability in the assessment of psychological variables and statistical aspects of the design and analysis of clinical trials. Five completely new chapters cover topics such as research from the trainee’s perspective and research in learning disability and child and adolescent psychiatry.

A key text for psychiatric trainees embarking on research projects, this book will also be useful to psychiatrists supervising research projects, and those in the social sciences with an interest in carrying out research or critically reviewing the published evidence.

  • Setting up a research project.
  • How to make a comprehensive review of the literature.
  • Choosing a rating scale.
  • Getting research published.

* Highly Commended for the Mental Health prize of the 2007 BMA Medical Book Competition.*

The chapter on rating scales (in Part III, chapter 11) from this book has also been published as a separate book (with additional foreword and introduction):

Rating Scales in Psychiatry

"This book is excellent. There is often a criticism of the lack of research (at junior level); this book encourages research by demystifying it and encouraging interest and enthusiasm for this. ...This book will become the bible of trainees! It would also make a useful contribution to revision for professional exams."

2007 BMA Medical Book Competition Programme and Award Winners


"Will be helpful to psychiatry trainees. Although it is written from the perspective of investigators in the UK, nearly all of the book will be relevant to researchers in the United States."

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry



"There are many problems that trainees cite as reasons for not getting involved in research. This book seems to provide solutions to many of those problems and supplies further reasons for trainees to become involved in research. It will be of immense help to any trainee about to embark on research in psychiatry."

The British Journal of Psychiatry


Part I: General considerations

1. Getting started in research - Chris Freeman and Peter Tyrer

2. Psychiatric research from the trainee’s perspective - Neil Mayfield and Rebecca Tipper

3. Writing up research - Peter Tyrer and Chris Freeman

Part II: Different types of research

4. Systematic research and meta-analysis - Matthew Hotopf

5. Epidemiology - Mike Crawford

6. Qualitative research methods in psychiatry - Deborah Rutter

7. Research with single or few patients - David F. Peck

Part III: Tools

8. Statistical aspects of clinical trials in psychiatry - Tony Johnson

9. Using computers in research - Chris Freeman, Patricia Casey, Ula Nur and Peter Tyrer

10. Principles of psychological assessment - Simon Gilbody, Stephen Morley and Philip Snaith

11. Rating scales in psychiatry - Peter Tyrer and Caroline Methuen

Part IV: Special areas of research

12. Research in child and adolescent psychiatry - AtifRahman and Richard Harrington

13. Research in the psychiatry of learning disability - Walter Muir and SusieGibbs

14. Research in psychotherapy - Chris Freeman and Yvonne Edmonstone

15. Historical research - G. E. Berrios

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