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By John G. Bruhn

A spouse to the authors' Handbook of medical Sociology (Plenum Press, 1991), this pioneering textual content offers an creation to this new box, overlaying its improvement, equipment and instruments, and illustrates the functions of sociological strategies to present social difficulties. Drs. Bruhn and Rebach current a variety of examples to let practitioners to use their problem-solving abilities. Key discussions tackle the values held by way of consumers and practitioners and concerns on the subject of sociological review and evaluate. This crucial source is more desirable through case illustrations, annotated bibliographies, and a word list of phrases.

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The distinction between clinical work and scientific work is the difference between ideographic and nomothetic models of explanation. Science, including the social sciences, uses the nomothetic model. " The objective is "to provide the 19 Introduction greatest amount of explanation with the fewest number of causal variables to uncover general patterns of cause and effect" (Babbie, 1983:56). The ideographic model addresses the unique case . Work with a single case cannot be considered scientific, in the sense of developing empirical generalizations about populations.

It is important that program evaluation and measurement be built into the program plan . Evaluation should be ongoing, and should carefully follow the progress of the program's implementation. The program should be monitored continually, to see whether it appears to be going according to plan, and whether it seems to be moving toward the objective. By the same token, both assessment and planning are ongoing. The evaluation data may reveal a need for additional assessment, or for modification of the plan, calling for changes in the program .

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