Research Into Practice 2/E

Research Into Practice 2/E

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Praise for the first edition of Research Into Practice and Research Methods for Nurses and the Caring Professions:

"These books provide a good introduction for the uninitiated to reading and doing research. Abbott and Sapsford provide a clearly written and accessible introduction to social research...One of their aims is to 'de-mystify' research, and in this they succeed admirably...After reading the text and the articles in the reader, and working through the various research exercises, readers should have a clear appreciation of how to evaluate other people's research and how to begin their own."
- David Field, Journal of Palliative Medicine

This is a thoroughly revised and up-dated edition of the bestselling reader for nurses and the caring professions. It offers carefully selected examples of research, all concerned in some way with nursing or the study of health and community care. It illustrates the kind of research that can be done by a small team or a single researcher, without large-scale research grants. The editors have chosen papers which show a great diversity of approaches: differing in emphasis on description or explanation, different degrees of structure in design and different appeals to the authority of science or the authenticity of emphatic exploration. They show the limitations typical of small-scale projects carried out with limited resources and the experience of applied research as it occurs in practice, as opposed to how it tends to look when discussed in textbooks. The chapters have been organized into three sections representing three distinct types of social science research: observing and participating, talking to people and asking questions, and controlled trials and comparisons. Each section is provided with an editorial introduction.

* Thoroughly revised and up-dated edition of bestselling text
* New articles in line with latest trends in nursing and other practitioner research, with more stress on evidence-based practice, action research and self-evaluation
* New user-friendly format
* Very well-known authors in the field
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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 173 x 242 x 12mm | 324g
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0335196950
  • 9780335196951

Table of contents

A: Observing and participating

Labouring in the dark
a developmental influence?
A postscript to nursing

B: Talking to people and asking questions

Leaving to it to Mum
Planning research
a case of heart disease
Home helps and district nurses
Studying policy and practice

C: Controlled trials and comparisons

Treatment of depressed women by nurses
The mortality of doctors in relation to their smoking habits
Ethnic variation in the female labour force
a research note
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Review quote

" is really hard to find fault with what is presented...I recommend this book wholeheartedly. It will be thought- provokingto many, including tutors and students of educationalpolicy...I wouldencourage anyone working in HE to read it since it does much to explain the situation in which we find ourselves." - Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education "The book isdesigned to provoke debate and it assuredly will, but the debate willbe one that throws more light than heat on the problems in question, because the book is written with sensitivity to the susceptibilities of traditional academics as well as of captains of industry. The authors are all expert in their fields and they write well." - The New Academic
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About Pamela Abbott

Pamela Abbott is Professor and Director of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Teesside. She has previously worked at the Universities of Derby, Plymouth and Brighton when she had considerable experience of teaching nurses and other health care professionals. She is a well known researcher in the field of health and community care.

Roger Sapsford is Senior Lecturer in Research Methods at the Open University. He was previously employed by the Home Office Research Unit and in market research. He is an experienced designer and teacher of research methods courses.
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