’This book will be a valuable companion to the reader at any point in their research journey’
Title: Key Concepts in Nursing and Healthcare Research
Authors: Annette McIntosh-Scott, Tom Mason, Elizabeth Mason-Whitehead and David Coyle
Reviewer: Allison Crocker, emergency department staff nurse, Poole General Hospital
What was it like?
In the introduction to this book it states that the aim was to be both accessible and informative to those who already are involved in healthcare research as well those who have an interest in becoming involved. The book achieves this goal on all counts. In its 236 pages, the book covers the breadth of topics that one could expect from a healthcare research textbook. In the first part of the book the more philosophical aspects of differences in paradigm and research approach are well covered before the book moves on to the more basic aspects of the various types of research found in healthcare. In the final section the research process as a whole is discussed with attention given to such subjects as statistical analysis and the dissemination of findings. Each of these has their own chapter, often with an accompanying case study that allows the reader to not only engage with the theory but to see a practical application. Each chapter then finishes with a suggested further reading list, which can prove useful if a more in depth level of knowledge is required.
What were the highlights?
The inclusion of such a wide range of case studies will be allow the reader to go beyond the theoretical explanations and visualise the practical application of what they have just read.
Strengths & weaknesses:
This book will be a valuable companion to the reader at any point in their research journey. However the lack of an index is considered to be a serious weakness.
Who should read it?
Anyone involved in healthcare, from students to senior practitioners, will find this book of use to them. As an introduction to research by allowing the reader to understand the process by which evidence on which to base practice is gained the book is a valuable addition to any library. However its value to the seasoned researcher requiring a quick aide memoire should also not be under-estimated.
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