Doing Health Anthropology: Research Methods for Community Assessment and Change

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What is the relationship between health, human nature, and human needs?
The impact of social change on communities?
The processes by which communities confront and overcome their health problems?
How do we study these health questions in new communities and become advocates for change?

These are critical questions in confronting the social causes of ill health, yet many health students do not have the appropriate training in the anthropological methods and techniques that help answer them. Christie Kiefer has written Doing Health Anthropology to prompt students to enter the community already prepared in these methods so that they can accurately ask and solve these important questions themselves.

Using this book as a guide, students learn to integrate cultural anthropology with health science and come to their own conclusions based on field research. The book includes common pitfalls to avoid when conducting interviews and observations, and ways to formulate and answer research questions, maintain field notes and other records, and correctly analyze qualitative data.

With the help of this text, practitioners and students alike will be able to integrate cultural anthropology methods of research into their health science investigations and community health initiatives.

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Christie W. Kiefer is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine in the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

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"Faculty who are focused on assisting learners and novice researchers on entering communities, with the possibility of partnering on health research, can use this text as a foundation to teach and discuss basic principles of community health research....[Kiefer] is able to clearly present and explain concepts and examples to novice learners who would like to begin 'Doing Health Anthropology' in a respectful, knowledgeable, and skilled way....This text provides clear and concise practical information, which can be a foundation to (physicians in training) overall community health curriculum. I enjoyed the read and I am excited to use this text....This introduction will foster a stronger partnership between healthcare providers and the community."--Social Medicine

"This book should be very useful to the target audience since it covers the basics of anthropological research."--Doody's Review Service

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