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Making Sense of Research in Nursing, Health and Social Care

Making Sense of Research in Nursing, Health and Social Care

Fifth Edition
  • Pam Moule - University of the West of England, UK
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February 2015 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

What is research? Why is it important in health and nursing? How should students use evidence in practice?

This short and simple book for those who are completely new to research will answer all your students’ questions about the subject. It will help them to make sense of the various and often confusing research methods and terminology, to read and appraise literature and to understand how research is implemented in practice.

It features:

·           Case examples of real research from a variety of settings and a range of countries so that students can see how research applies to the real world

·           Tools, examples and frameworks to help students to find, appraise and critique research

·           Chapter learning outcomes and key points to help students to remember important information

·           A companion website with interactive glossary and reflective exercises to help students test their knowledge and apply it to practice, printable step-by-step frameworks for use when searching for or critiquing a paper, and direct links to relevant SAGE journal articles and weblinks.

·           Further resources for lecturers are available, including all the practice examples from the book, seminar question ideas and critical appraisal powerpoints.

The book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of nursing and health in the UK and internationally.

The Role of Research in the Health and Social Care Professions
The Nature of Knowledge in Health and Social Care
Overview of the Research Process
Ethical Issues
Searching and Reviewing the Literature
Approaches to and Design of Research in Health and Social Care
Research Problems, Aims, Questions and Hypotheses
Understanding Data Collection Techniques
Making Sense of Data Analysis
Critical Appraisal of Health and Social Care Research
Disseminating and Implementing Research
Appendix 1. Literature searching
Appendix 2. Three stages in critical appraisal
Appendix 3. Critical appraisal framework


Excellent introduction text ideal for the use of inexperienced students

Mr Chris Palmer
School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham
March 3, 2016

This is a nice basic introduction. I would like to see more coverage of statistical analysis perhaps, but this book's strength is it's focus on qualitative data.

Miss Gabby Rowley-Conwy
Department of Nursing, Swansea University
October 2, 2015

This book is easy to read and written in a clear format for level 3 students, and can continue to be used when they progress to university. It has clear practice examples which will help students who have little or no clinical experience.

early years health and care, South Essex College
August 12, 2015

Readable and useful text

Dr Anne Mills
other, Bournemouth University
July 6, 2015

Adopted by SHU Library
This text offers a concise overview of the research process to enable the healthcare student to engage with undergraduate research work. The structure of each chapter is helpful; beginning with learning outcomes and key concepts and examples from practice to illustrate points and then conclude with the key points.
Indeed the text could provide a one stop read or alternatively there are additional texts and resources offered at the end of each chapter too.

Celia Yeardley
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University
June 25, 2015

This book will support students with their understanding of research in and for practice.

Mrs Alison Milner
HSCFL, South Devon College
June 15, 2015

This books lays out the research process in a logical, comprehensible manner. Students will be able to follow the process, ultimately assisting their understanding of research within clinical practice
The use of Reflective exercises challenges the reader and helps to test their knowledge

Ms Julie Tilstone
Education, Douglas Macmillan Hospice
June 15, 2015

This is a great pocket size text book, which clearly explains how research is used and conducted within nursing, health and social care practice

Mr Denise Nannetti
Education (Stevenage), North Herts College
June 10, 2015

the book was useful but covered too broad a scope and too basic: could be used to signpost towards more detailed texts

Ms Karen Hillison
Department of Social Work, Hull University
June 1, 2015

Recommended as a supplementary reader for those on the Level 3 or HND in health and Social Care. This little book is ideal and easy for learners to keep in their pockets and bring to class. An easy aide memoir

Mrs Margaret Rose Bull
School Of Care Studies, West Herts College
May 15, 2015

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