Title: Understanding Nursing and Healthcare Research.
Authors: Patricia Cronin, Michael Coughlan and Valerie Smith
Publisher: Sage Publishing
Reviewer: Liz Lees, Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow (NIHR) & Consultant Nurse, University of Manchester & Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
What was it like?
This book has 12 chapters, which in their entirety navigate through each aspect of conducting research starting at what is research through to two final chapters that I feel fully complete the research journey; namely, dissemination of research and critically appraising research. This book engages the reader through its logical approach and although it is comprehensive, it would motivate students to take up further reading, where required.
What were the highlights?
This research topics are well explained, with clear chapter layouts, it is packed with information and the glossary is superb. It represents excellent value for money.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The overriding strength is the comprehensive coverage of the essential components of the research pathway, excellent diagrams, references and examples. I think the title is quite uninspiring because the strength of the book is its comprehensive navigation through the subject, compared to other texts available on the topic. There is an awful lot packed into one book, which should be its appeal to students (on a tight budget); perhaps serving as a “mini reference guide” for novice researchers.
Who should read it?
Any healthcare student who is just starting on a research course (degree/masters) would benefit from using this book. Also, clinical staff who are involved in research projects (perhaps on the periphery) who want to know more about how problems are researched in practice.