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Doing a Research Project in Nursing and Midwifery

Doing a Research Project in Nursing and Midwifery
A Basic Guide to Research Using the Literature Review Methodology

First Edition

February 2013 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Due to ethical issues surrounding data collection in the field of healthcare, students are no longer able to undertake their own empirical research. This book is written for nursing and midwifery students completing a research project based on reviewing published literature and using secondary data. It de-mystifies the concept of literature review methodology and supports students writing up their dissertation, thesis or work-based learning project.

The book provides step-by-step guidance on:

- Identifying a research problem

- Qualitative and quantitative research design

- Literature searching

- Ethical considerations

- Analysis of secondary data

- Writing your dissertation

Through its discussion of non-empirical methods, the book also prepares students for future empirical research by providing examples of best practice in healthcare research. The book is essential reading for undergraduates and postgraduates who want to succeed in their nursing or midwifery research project.

Preface: about the book, chapter abstracts and how to use this book
Introduction to Research Concepts and Terminologies
Identifying the Research Problem
Research Design: Comprehensive Literature Review as a Research Methodology
Collecting Data by Searching and Sampling the Literature and Other Secondary Data Sources
Ethical Consideration When Critiquing Literature-Based Data
Analysis and Synthesis of Literature-Based Data
Presentation and Discussion of Findings
Writing Your Research Report

'This book distinguishes itself from the hundreds of books on qualitative and quantitative research with its focus on the literature review as a methodology. While its main audience is students in nursing and midwifery, clearly, students, instructors and researchers in many fields will find this a most useful volume for understanding and conducting a study using empirical and non-empirical literature as the data base. A real strength of this book is its engaging and user-friendly style. It is as if the author is sitting next to us, gently and clearly leading us through the entire process of doing this type of research beginning with the meaning and purpose of research, to identifying the research problem, collecting and analyzing data, presenting the findings, and finally, writing the research report. Each chapter begins with specific "Aims and Objectives" and closes with "End of Chapter Learning Points. Throughout the book the author connects with the reader through exercises, examples, charts and figures that reinforce the learning. And unlike many other research books where ethics is merely mentioned in passing, the authors explain the ethical principles of integrity, transparency and accountability and show how they permeate the research process. In summary, this up-to-date, comprehensive and engaging volume has accomplished what few other research texts have-it not only extends our understanding of the literature review methodology, it enables us to actually engage in this type of research' -
Sharan B. Merriam, Professor Emeritus, The University of Georgia, USA and author of Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation

Excellent book for undergraduates and postgraduates designing and completed a research project

Mrs Sarah Johnson
School of Health, University of Central Lancashire
July 22, 2022

This is one of the clearest books available to really help students understand literature review as a methodology

Thelma Lackey
Institute of Nursing and Midwifery, Brighton University
April 13, 2018

Essential for the final year research module. A great book and easy to digest. A must have for all 3rd year midwifery students.

Mrs Dana Marie Colbourne
Midwifery & Child, Bournemouth University
April 29, 2016

A great book to introduce research into the midwifery curriculum. Students in thier final year are expected to undertake a dissertation in the form of a literature review or research proposal. `this book guides them through the process. A little gem in research books.

Mrs Dana Marie Colbourne
Midwifery & Child, Bournemouth University
April 29, 2016

A very clear book that explains step by step how to conduct a literature review. I found particularly weel explained the differences between qualitative and qualitative paradigms. Even examples are clear and helpful

Mrs Elena Tarlazzi
CDL Ostetriche, Università di Bologna
June 19, 2015

This is an excellent book which takes the student on the journey, right from the philosphical underpinnnings, of using a literature review as a methodolgy

Thelma Lackey
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brighton University
September 4, 2015

Very useful book for students undertaking research projects

Tracy Ross
Department of Health, Social Care, Glyndwr University
October 3, 2014

Interesting read. Recomended for consideration if undertaking a research project.

Mrs Christina Feltham
Faculty of Health, University of Cumbria
May 22, 2014

Good fundamental coverage for students about to undertake an independent project.

Mrs Judith Davies
Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Worcester Univ.
April 7, 2014

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