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Making sense of research

EACH SECTION of this publication, which is intended as an introduction to research, is easy to read to gain the ‘bones’ of the activities related to investigation. Sections include the nature of knowledge in health and social care, the research process, ethics, literature reviewing, data collection methods and analysis.

The target audience — pre-registration and pre-qualified health and social care students — has been broadened since earlier editions to appeal to a wider range of professionals working in a greater variety of settings including primary, community and residential. A number of the cited studies, presented as practice examples, are sufficiently generic or non-specific to be viewed as relevant, yet ensure resonance within the different disciplines.

Because most topics are necessarily only touched on, further reading will be needed. However, a reasonably comprehensive reference and website list is supplied at the end of each chapter, along with a helpful glossary at the end of the book.

In summary, the book provides a useful overview and thus serves its stated purpose.

The target audience — pre-registration and pre-qualified health and social care students — has been broadened since earlier editions to appeal to a wider range of professionals working in a greater variety of settings including primary, community and residential. A number of the cited studies, presented as practice examples, are sufficiently generic or non-specific to be viewed as relevant, yet ensure resonance within the different disciplines.

Because most topics are necessarily only touched on, further reading will be needed. However, a reasonably comprehensive reference and website list is supplied at the end of each chapter, along with a helpful glossary at the end of the book.

In summary, the book provides a useful overview and thus serves its stated purpose.

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