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Introduction to research for midwives

THE THIRD edition of this publication takes into account the developments in evidence based practice in clinical care. The book is aimed at introducing research methods, critical evaluation of research and application to midwifery practice. It contains references to more detailed research textbooks for nurses and midwives.

This book is an excellent introduction to a topic that some practitioners still think is esoteric and of limited interest. The case for the importance of the research base for clinical practice is well made. The author takes the premise that all midwives need an understanding of research methods, should be able to critique research papers and see the application to their practice.

Each chapter provides the reader with a clear explanation of basic research method, what to look for, how to understand published reports and how to turn that understanding into practice.

At first I thought the style was discursive, but it is accessible. Where there is repetition it helps clarify the issues being explained, and draws the book together. The glossary has been particularly well written.

The author has succeeded in describing research methods in plain English while injecting warmth and humour. The author makes good use of

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This book is an excellent introduction to a topic that some practitioners still think is esoteric and of limited interest. The case for the importance of the research base for clinical practice is well made. The author takes the premise that all midwives need an understanding of research methods, should be able to critique research papers and see the application to their practice.

Each chapter provides the reader with a clear explanation of basic research method, what to look for, how to understand published reports and how to turn that understanding into practice.

At first I thought the style was discursive, but it is accessible. Where there is repetition it helps clarify the issues being explained, and draws the book together. The glossary has been particularly well written.

The author has succeeded in describing research methods in plain English while injecting warmth and humour. The author makes good use of examples from recent midwifery research, and gives a good overview of current research governance in the NHS. The references in the book are almost exclusively from the past five years and are mostly specific to nursing and midwifery.

I understand that this is an introductory text, but so much research in midwifery is carried out by multidisciplinary teams which could have been emphasised more in the text and the references.

The final chapter is presented as a challenge for the future. I hope this book will inspire many midwives to go deeper and take up the challenge of making midwifery a truly evidence-based profession.

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