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

Just as the present can be understood by examining the past, the use of historical research methods can help nurses to understand the present to influence the future. This text emphasises how this approach to nursing research can provide a contextual framework from which nurses can consider their own practice.

The author adopts an accessible and logical approach to helping the reader understand the value of historical nursing research, and the book should be helpful for novice researchers and those with more experience.

The book explains how to conduct historical research by drawing on autobiography, oral history and document reviews. It also provides a range of practical strategies to resolve problems and develop research.

A range of experts contribute to the text and good use is made of case studies from published nursing research.

The book discusses a variety of historical research methods so that readers can consider which would be most appropriate to their own studies.

One chapter provides a first-hand account of the author’s experience of how historical research can offer important learning points for readers and researchers, for example, while the following chapter provides details and guidance on how to organise a nursing history dissertation.

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The author adopts an accessible and logical approach to helping the reader understand the value of historical nursing research, and the book should be helpful for novice researchers and those with more experience.

The book explains how to conduct historical research by drawing on autobiography, oral history and document reviews. It also provides a range of practical strategies to resolve problems and develop research.

A range of experts contribute to the text and good use is made of case studies from published nursing research.

The book discusses a variety of historical research methods so that readers can consider which would be most appropriate to their own studies.

One chapter provides a first-hand account of the author’s experience of how historical research can offer important learning points for readers and researchers, for example, while the following chapter provides details and guidance on how to organise a nursing history dissertation.

Other chapters discuss the use of different historical methods in a variety of settings, as well as important elements of the research process, such as sampling, data collection and analysis processes.

It is an interesting and informative read, and would be of value to nursing students, educators, and novice and experienced researchers.

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