Action Research is becoming more popular in nursing and healthcare. It is used by practitioners who want to better understand and improve the quality of their work, and by students who need to do a research project for their course. An Action Research approach enables evidence-based care and links research directly to practice, making it the ideal method for a researcher in these fields.
This book introduces readers to Action Research by presenting its key concepts and backing these up with practical examples throughout, often drawn from the authors' own extensive experience. Topics include:
- Action research to advance patient care
- Collaborative working
- Participatory Action Research
- Writing up and disseminating projects
Williamson, Bellman, and Webster - leading figures in the field - provide practical advice for using Action Research in healthcare settings, with patients and alongside other practitioners. Their book presents a flexible approach that can be adapted to researchers' real needs.
Dr Graham R Williamson is a Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the University of Plymouth. His clinical background is in acute medical nursing. His areas of teaching expertise are in evidence-based practice and research, as well as health policy. His research interests concern supporting students in clinical practice. He is a Core Team Member of the University's Centre of Excellence in professional Placement Learning.
Introduction PART ONE: WHAT IS ACTION RESEARCH? Foundations of Action Research Discussion, Debate and Controversy Surrounding Action Research PART TWO: WHY CHOOSE ACTION RESEARCH? Action Research, Nursing and Health Care Clinical Action Research to Advance Patient Care PART THREE: CONDUCTING ACTION RESEARCH IN CLINICAL PRACTICE Developing One's Own Professional Practice Collaborative Working in Clinical Settings Ethical Considerations PART FOUR: DISSEMINATING AND EVALUATING CLINICAL ACTION RESEARCH PROJECTS Writing Clinical Action Research Studies Presenting Clinical Action Research Studies to Mixed Audiences Evaluating the Quality of Action Research Projects Conclusions: Looking to the Future Glossary