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Key Concepts in Nursing and Healthcare Research

Key Concepts in Nursing and Healthcare Research

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December 2013 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Research presents a dizzying array of terms and concepts to understand. This new book gives an overview of the important elements across nursing and health research in 42 short, straightforward chapters. Drawing on a range of perspectives from contributors with diverse experience, it will help you to understand what research means, how it is done, and what conclusions you can draw from it in your practice. Topics covered range from action research to systematic review to questionnaires. Every chapter includes a case study.

It will be invaluable reading for nursing students at pre-registration level, undergraduate allied health students and for qualified practitioners needing a quick guide to the essentials.


Annette McIntosh-Scott is Executive Dean in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Chester.
Tom Mason was Professor and Head of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities at the University of Chester.
Elizabeth Mason-Whitehead is Professor of Social and Health Care in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Chester.
David Coyle is a Lecturer in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Bangor University.

Jo Rycroft-Malone
Evidence-Based Practice and Research
Joyce Wilkinson
Creating a Research-Based Culture in Healthcare Practice
Elizabeth Mason-Whitehead and Becky Hall
The Research Journey
Mike Thomas
Paradigms and Philosophies
Ann Bryan
Qualitative Research
Charlotte Eost-Telling
Quantitative Research
Dawn Freshwater
Mixed Methods Research
David Coyle
Evaluation Research
Aidan Worsley
Service User-Led Research
Alan Pearson
Systematic Reviews
Elisabetta Ruspini
Longitudinal Research
Neville J Ford with case study by Jean Mannix
Writing Research Bids
Chris Whitney-Cooper
Action Research
Andy Lovell
Case Study Research
Annette McIntosh-Scott with case study by Jenni Templeman
Tom Mason
Elizabeth Mason-Whitehead
Feminist Research
Maureen Deacon
Grounded Theory
Dean Garret
Pat Starkey
Historical Research
David Coyle
Narrative Research
Sandra Flynn
Observational Research
David Coyle
Robin James Smith
Symbolic Interactionsim
Dave Mercer
Vignette Research
Jan Woodhouse
Visual Research
Roger Watson
Experimental Design
Vimal and Nikhil Sharma
Quasi-Experimental Design
Simon Alford
Survey Research
Stephen Fallows
Andrew Mitchell
Measurement Instruments
Debbie Robertson
Statistics: Descriptive
Mike Morris
Statistics: Inferential
Liane Hayes
Questionnaire Construction
Nicholas Syrotiuk
Use of Databases
Helen Aveyard with case study by Julie Dulson
Literature Review
Annette McIntosh-Scott with case study by Vicky Ridgway
Research Design and Method
Martin Johnson
Research Ethics
Mary Steen
Data Collection and Management
Elizabeth Harlow
Data Analysis
Janice Gidman
Presentation and Discussion of Results
Michael Hellenbach
Dissemination of Findings

‘A useful introductory text for first time researchers – it provides a “one stop shop” for a very wide range of issues.’

Anna Walsh, Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University

'The range of concepts addressed makes this an excellent resource for those studying and undertaking research. Each chapter presents information in a clear and accessible manner as well as providing guidance for further reading. A helpful resource in its own right as well as a launch-pad for further study'

Ruth Northway, Professor of Learning Disability Nursing, University of Glamorgan

This is an authoritative and rich resource for any student or healthcare researcher to add to their list of essential resources. I recommend it with little reservation for the unique breadth it offers, rarely at the expense of practical depth given the necessary brevity. Forty-two chapters, organised in four sections divided between Research Principles, Qualitative Methods, Quantitative Methods and a final section on the principle steps of the Research Process. That is quite a repository of Key Concepts and the editors and contributors are to be congratulated for such an achievement. 

John Mellor-Clark, Research Consultant
The Journal of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care

Anyone involved in healthcare, from students to senior practitioners, will find this book of use to them. As an introduction to research, by allowing the reader to understand the process by which evidence on which to base practice is gained, the book is a valuable addition to any library. However its value to the seasoned researcher requiring a quick aide memoire should also not be under-estimated.

Allison Crocker, emergency department staff nurse, Poole General Hospital
Nursing Times

Good text for new researchers

Mrs Susan Ramsdale
Nursing Department, Univ. of Central Lancashire
September 20, 2014

A key book for students.

Miss Martina Kirlew
Health and Social Care, Univ. of Bolton
July 15, 2014

A very useful aid to help students understand the basis of research

Mr Gary Souter
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
June 4, 2014

great book and recommend

Ms Julie Williams
April 4, 2014

recommended to students to prepare for their dissertation module

Mrs Angela Newby
School of Nursing and Caring Sciences, University of Central Lancashire
February 16, 2014

A valuable resource for students both at undergraduate and Masters level particularly for research methods modules.

Mrs Sheila Reading
Faculty of Health Sciences, Southampton University
February 12, 2014

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