Reviews

Understanding Nursing and Healthcare Research

The 12 chapters here cover the key topics in the nursing and healthcare research process, including data collection, data analysis, and quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Each chapter ends with a summary of key points and signposting to useful online resources for further exploration. The book concludes with a glossary of research terminology.

Peppered throughout the book are activities for the reader to undertake, and a companion website includes a critical appraisal tool and multiple choice questions. Lecturers have access to seminar plans and PowerPoint slides for use in teaching sessions.

However, the target audience is not clearly defined, which has resulted in some inconsistencies.

The authors state that the book is intended as an introductory text to facilitate understanding of research, to foster research awareness and develop the skills to read and understand research. Yet the theoretical concepts in chapter one would suggest otherwise to students who have a limited understanding or experience of research.

By contrast, the chapters that address searching and reviewing the literature, ethical and legal issues, and rigour in research are more appropriately pitched at an introductory level and provide valuable insights for novices to research.

With the number of established introductory texts on the market, it is unclear to which niche group this book will appeal.

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