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Making Sense of Research in Nursing, Health & Social Care

IF YOU found the previous versions of this text useful then this, the fifth edition, will not disappoint. Like the earlier editions it covers key topics in the research process, but also includes more up-to-date reference material, resources and practice examples.

Each chapter has the same basic outline with learning outcomes and concepts at the beginning to guide the reader to the content. Each ends with a summary of key points, further reading and relevant websites to support further development.

This approach makes the book easy to read and user friendly, for readers who need to refresh their memories about specific aspects of the research process.

The book also features a glossary of research terms and three appendices covering literature searching, critical appraisal steps and an accompanying framework for appraisal.

A companion website provides access to further resources for students and teachers. The glossary flashcards available on the companion website are quick and easy to use.

This author clearly states in the preface that the book is intended for qualified health and social care practitioners and students with a limited understanding or experience of research. The book

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Each chapter has the same basic outline with learning outcomes and concepts at the beginning to guide the reader to the content. Each ends with a summary of key points, further reading and relevant websites to support further development.

This approach makes the book easy to read and user friendly, for readers who need to refresh their memories about specific aspects of the research process.

The book also features a glossary of research terms and three appendices covering literature searching, critical appraisal steps and an accompanying framework for appraisal.

A companion website provides access to further resources for students and teachers. The glossary flashcards available on the companion website are quick and easy to use.

This author clearly states in the preface that the book is intended for qualified health and social care practitioners and students with a limited understanding or experience of research. The book therefore covers the basics of research, such as its role in health and social care professions, ethical issues, quantitative and qualitative approaches, how to develop critical skills, and disseminating and implementing research findings.

While there are no apparent major omissions in the text some of the content, such as case study, phenomenology, grounded theory and meta-analysis, are scantily addressed, and this could mean that the intricacies of research design are lost.

Previous editions of this book have been popular among health and social care students, probably because it offers them a useful introduction to research concepts while offering practitioners an aide memoir about the research processes. However, students and practitioners undertaking research should read more in-depth texts.

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