Title: The Practice of Nursing Research: Appraisal, Synthesis, and Generation of Evidence, seventh edition
Author: Susan K Grove, Nancy Burns and Jennifer R Gray
Publisher: Elsevier, 2013
Reviewer: Sue Southworth, research nurse, Ophthalmology
What was it like?
This is the seventh edition of this excellent textbook. It is a thorough and practical text, which introduces the reader to the world of nursing research and then leads them through the research process in detail. Clearly defined chapters stretch from the research question to ethics in research, research design and sampling and measurements. There are further chapters on critical cppraisal, data analysis, outcome determination and dissemination of research. This is a broad text, which still manages to provide plenty of information and detail. It is clearly written and well organised, both in terms of chapter order and within the chapters.
What were the highlights?
The internet link gives access to a quiz, activities, and sample research proposals, which are particularly useful and a welcome added extra.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The book has a clear and logical structure and is enhanced by this editions updates. It is an American text, which for the most part has no bearing; however there are small portions of the chapter on ethics that do not apply to Europe. This is not a major flaw, as the ethical principles and themes are applicable and this is certainly not a reason not to buy the book.
Who should read it?
Anyone involved in research or wanting to begin to design their own research would benefit from reading this book. Although it is important to encourage nursing research and therefore, the title is important, this book could be read by people from any medical discipline in order to understand the workings of research. It would be particularly recommended to research nurses, student nurses and existing or potential nurse researchers.