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Nursing Research Using Historical Methods: Qualitative Designs and Methods in Nursing

A concise guide to nursing research, this book sets out to improve nurses’ confidence and ability to conduct research using various forms of historical analysis

A concise guide to nursing research, this book sets out to improve nurses’ confidence and ability to conduct research using various forms of historical analysis.

It is part of a series of books for new researchers and those seeking to expand their competencies about different qualitative designs and methods in nursing.

Historical research is a qualitative method in which the researcher systematically examines past events from existing documents or by interviewing individuals who lived through specific events.

As a nursing professor with expertise in teaching at all levels of qualitative research, the editor and co-author is well placed to write about the topic, and the other contributors are all experts in the field.

The book offers a variety of examples of historical method studies, including mental health research, working with Navajo communities, and second world war evacuation nursing.

It offers an in-depth plan for applying methodologies to a particular study, including ethical considerations, and tackles the day-to-day challenges of this type of research.

The editor’s and contributors’ analyses will assist readers in making decisions about their own projects; indeed, the book’s biggest strength is its ability to support its readers this way.

However, the book may also be of value to research teams in healthcare institutions, and to teachers and students.

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