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Making Sense of Research in Nursing, Health & Social Care

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’The book is aimed at those who require an introduction to research awareness.’

Title: Making Sense of Research in Nursing, Health & Social Care

Author: Pam Moule

Publisher: Sage

Reviewer: Lynne Partington, head of research, Evaluation and Technology, The End Of Life Partnership, Cheshire 

What was it like?

This is a useful book that much accomplishes its aim to introduce the new reader of research to the subject. The book is divided into stand-alone chapters allowing the reader to easily dip in and dip out; however each chapter presents many useful points also making it beneficial to read from start to finish. The good sequencing of chapters and topics gives a clear structured flow to the book. Each chapter has learning outcomes to guide the reader and key points to reinforce the main issues.

What were the highlights?

The main features of the book are its ease of readability and its application of theory to practice. There are many case examples of real research to underpin some of the principles of research. These in turn help the reader to understand the relevance of research in the real world.

There is a good glossary and a couple of handy appendices to support different aspects of research critique.

Strengths & weaknesses:

For a compact book, it does pack in a lot of information in and also directs the reader to a companion website with additional information, extended reading and reflective activities. Although the book doesn’t offer any particularly new perspectives to research, it does condense the relatively complex subject of research into something more accessible. It also offers a good range of directed further reading for those who wish to move beyond this level.

Some sections feel a little disproportionate in length, for example, the chapter on sampling is only a few pages shorter than the chapter on research design.

Who should read it?

The book is aimed at those who require an introduction to research awareness. It is written in broad terms so could be applicable to undergraduate and post graduates across health and social care professions.

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