The Handbook of Social Work Research Methods represents an area that we have several other publications coming out and a market we actively reach. In addition, Bruce Thyer is the editor of the journal Research in Social Work Practice and expressed interest in updating the book along with the other two candidates. In the field of social work, qualitative research is starting to gain more prominence as are mixed methods and various issues regarding race, ethnicity and gender. These changes in the field will be reflected and updated in the second edition of the handbook. It will also contain more on meta analysis, designs to evaluate treatment and will provide more support to help students harness the power of the Internet. The original mission of the handbook was to bring together leading scholars to write about research methods in social work. The second edition will stay true to this mission but will also attempt to be more student friendly and will be offered in a paperback edition. We will also make a greater effort to promote the book as a textbook, as we will do with the other two handbooks.
Systematic reviews are carefully organized, comprehensive, and transparent studies of previous research on a particular topic. They follow written protocols (detailed plans) that specify their central objectives, concepts, and methods in advance. Systematic review methods include procedures for identifying, critically appraising, synthesizing, and presenting results of previous studies. Rigorous systematic reviews take ample precautions to minimize error and bias at every step in the review process. Steps and decisions are carefully documented, so that readers can follow and evaluate systematic review methods.
The term systematic review connotes a scientific approach to the entire review process. It is not synonymous with meta-analysis, which is a set of statistical methods that can be used ...