– How many epidemiologists does it take to change a light bulb?
– Six. One to change it and five to critique the methods.
This made me laugh out loud. Methodology in Public Health is not a straightforward matter. It requires creativity, critical thinking, flexibility; but each method is bound to have limitations as well as advantages, which makes criticism almost inevitable, however well-applied the method might be.
Here at the International Journal of Public Health, we are very keen on methodology issues and we can prove it! We have a whole separate section called “Hints and Kinks” :
Hints and Kinks are 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.
Some recently published articles in this section include:
What other methodology issues would you like to see addressed? What have been your personal experiences in dealing with difficult or novel methodology questions! Please share!