’Any healthcare practitioner about to undertake research of any form, e.g. conducting a clinical trial or about to embark on any academic work requiring research processes to be adhered to, would find this book useful’
Title: Anatomy of Research for Nurses
Editors: Christine Hedges and Barbara Williams
Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International
Reviewer: Barbara O’Donnell, Chief ODP, Guy’s Hospital
What was it like?
These days, nurses and other healthcare professionals are often expected to have some fundamental understanding of research systems and processes, to enable them to carry out their work or further their education. This would be especially true of nurses who are working purely in research areas.
Introductions to research systems processes can often be dry, clumsy and unhelpful, giving too much information too quickly or not enough at the right time. This book seeks to redress that balance, by providing a comprehensive, user-friendly, step by step approach to clarify the processes involved in research.
The text is broken down into useful chapters e.g. Infastructure for research in clinical settings, finding ideas, taking ideas forward through to hypothesis, forming teams, conducting literature searches and various others, with the aim of furthering a project and seeing it through to the end. There are other helpful chapters such as legal considerations and funding.
Each chapter is helpfully laid out, clarifying the aim, and moving the process on through tools and tables, such helpful advice such as: “there is no ideal database for ‘one-stop shopping’ when doing a comprehensive literature search for evidence”. Advice such as this will be particularly useful to those starting in research, or starting researching for academic work, and who may be scratching their heads and wondering why on earth someone doesn’t just invent one large database to contain everything, and therefore make searching easier. It also talks about why processes are necessary, in order to enhance the reader’s understanding.
This book has been published in the US, and as such, some of the information may not be suitable for readers in the UK. I would expect this particularly in the areas of infrastructure for research in clinical settings, and funding. However, this should not detract from the excellent content contained in the rest of the book.
What were the highlights?
Chapters on conducting literature searches, legal and ethical considerations and research, the internet and social media are excellent examples of why this book works as well as it does.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
Clear explanations of every aspect of research process; why processes are set up the way they are, giving a rationale and enabling the reader to better understand processes. This book doesn’t only deal with research in the clinical setting, but is suitable for those undertaking a dissertation or thesis. One potential weakness for UK readers may be the lack of information on areas such as funding in the UK. Also, the legal and ethical minutiae of conducting a clinical trial will likely differ between the US and the UK, meaning that the reader outside the US needs to be careful about following correct process in the country they are conducting the research in. Fundamental legal and ethical principles, such as informed consent, do not differ from country to country. In order to make the book globally user-friendly, the authors could include UK specific sections on these areas in the next edition. However, this does not devalue the whole text.
Who should read it?
Any healthcare practitioner about to undertake research of any form, e.g. conducting a clinical trial or about to embark on any academic work requiring research processes to be adhered to. May be useful for reference for those returning to academia after an absence.
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