This book is the only research methods book you need to succeed whilst studying nursing and midwifery.
Ideal for all pre and beyond registration nurses, this book has everything you need to know about consuming, critiquing and using research; it then builds on this foundation to develop these ideas into workable practice for real-world research.
Inspired by over 25 years combined experience, the authors have structured the book around the complimentary spheres of theory and practice and take you through each step of the research process, demonstrating how to choose a question, design your research proposal, collect data, analyse your findings and write up your research.
* Evidence-based research
* Literature and systematic reviews
* Secondary Data
* Research design
* Methodologies and individual methods
* Data analysis - quantitative and qualitative
Interwoven with case studies and embracing quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods alike, this balanced textbook provides an introduction to a wide range of theories and methods and is packed full of material specially created to meet student and instructor needs.
Whether you are new to research methods or returning to formal education and hoping to conduct your own research, this book is your ideal companion.
Dr Merryl Harvey qualified as a nurse in 1982. After qualifying as a midwife in 1984, her area of practice was neonatal intensive care. Merryl's clinical career culminated in her working as a clinical teacher and this in turn led her to take up a post at Birmingham City University. Initially this was to run the post-registration neonatal intensive care course. In more recent years Merryl has been seconded to work on a number of large-scale, funded research projects which have focused on aspects of parenting and preterm birth. She secured the Bliss Research Fellow post based at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (2004-2007). Her MSc explored aspects of the neonatal nurse practitioner role and her PhD explored fathers experiences the birth and immediate care of their baby. Merryl has a strong journal publication history and co-authored a text on fatherhood in relation to midwifery and neonatal practice which was published in 2012. Merryl is now a Reader in Nursing and her main role at the University is as Chair of the Faculty Academic Ethics Committee. She is also co-lead of the Family Health Research Cluster. Overview of research interests; Professional practice and organization of health care, Wound Care, Individualized Nursing Care, Service user evaluation and Evaluation of professional practice.
PART ONE: LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS Chapter 1: Introduction to Research in Nursing and Midwifery Chapter 2: Evidence-based Practice Chapter 3: The Development of Nursing and Midwifery Knowledge Chapter 4: Quantitative Methodologies: An Overview Chapter 5: Qualitative Methodologies: An Overview Chapter 6: Mixed Methodologies: An Overview PART TWO: UNDERSTANDING RESEARCH METHODS AND DESIGNS: THE THEORY Chapter 7: Randomised Controlled Trials Chapter 8: Qualitative Methods Chapter 9: Surveys, Action Research and Historical Research Chapter 10: Systematic Reviews Chapter 11: Research Design PART THREE: UNDERSTANDING RESEARCH METHODS AND DESIGNS: THE PRACTICE Chapter 12: The Research Process Chapter 13: Literature Review: Identifying and Sourcing the Literature Chapter 14: Literature Review: Reviewing the Narrative Data Chapter 15: Sampling Chapter 16: Quantitative Methods of Data Collection Chapter 17: Qualitative Methods of Data Collection Chapter 18: Research Governance in Clinical Research: Addressing Ethical Issues PART FOUR: DATA ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION Chapter 19: Quantitative Data Anaysis: Measures of Clinical Effectiveness Chapter 20: Managing and Analysing Qualitative Data Chapter 21: Rigour Chapter 22: Evaluating Research PART FIVE: RESEARCH IN ACTION: DISSEMINATION AND APPLICATION Chapter 23: Writing Up and Disseminating Your Research Chapter 24: Using Research in Clinical Practice Chapter 25: Writing a Professional Research Proposal Chapter 26: Where Do I Go from Here?