Doing a Literature Review in Nursing, Health and Social Care
- Michael Coughlan - Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
- Patricia Cronin - Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
A clear and practical guide to completing a literature review in nursing and healthcare studies.
Providing students with straightforward guidance on how to successfully carry out a literature review as part of a research project or dissertation, this book uses examples and activities to demonstrate how to complete each step correctly, from start to finish, and highlights how to avoid common mistakes.
The third edition includes:
- Expert advice on selecting and researching a topic
- A chapter outlining the different types of literature review
- Increased focus on Critical Appraisal Tools and how to use them effectively
- New real-world examples presenting best practice
- Instructions on writing up and presenting the final piece of work
Perfect for any nursing or healthcare student new to literature reviews and for anyone who needs a refresher in this important topic.
Praise for the previous edition:
'This book is an excellent resource for practitioners wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of reviewing literature and the processes involved. It uses uncomplicated language to signpost the reader effortlessly through key aspects of research processes. Practitioners will find this an invaluable companion for navigating through evidence to identify quality literature applicable to health and social care practice.'
'Students often struggle with writing an effective literature review and this invaluable guide will help to allay their concerns. Key terms are clearly explained, and the inclusion of learning outcomes is a helpful feature for students and lecturers alike. The examples are also very helpful, particularly for less confident students. This is an accessible yet authoritative guide which I can thoroughly recommend.'
'A must have - this book provides useful information and guidance to students and professionals alike. It guides the reader through various research methods in a theoretical and pragmatic manner.'
'It's a very readable, concise, and accessible introduction to undertaking a literature review in the field of healthcare. The book’s layout has a logical format which really helped me to think methodically about my research question. An excellent reference for undergraduates who are about to undertake their first literature review.'
'This book is an essential resource for students. Clearly written and excellently structured, with helpful study tools throughout, it takes the reader step by step through the literature review process in an easy, informative and accessible manner. This text gives students the skills they need to successfully complete their own review.'
'The updating of the chapters will be exceptionally helpful given the rapid changes in online availability of resources and open-access literature.'
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the practical process of literature review in healthcare. It contains all details required to conduct a review by students.
This is an excellent clear and concise book on undertaking literature reviews being particularly good at demystifying jargon. It is timely given the move to student dissertations being primarily literature reviews in the current Covid pandemic. However nearly all the examples are drawn from nursing and health making the text less useful for social care and social work. A little disappointing given the title. SW students are likely to gravitate to texts where their subject is more prominent for a primary text.
Accessible, informative, step to step guide
This is a really helpful, accessible text for students and academic staff alike.
A really good addition to the repertoire of skills and techniques for understanding the essential process of literature reviewing.