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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Using Research in Practice

It Sounds Good, But Will It Work?

ISBN 9780230278646
Publication Date October 2011
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Latest research findings can provide an evidence base for health care practice which ultimately improves outcomes for patients. With so much published research out there, how do you find, evaluate and use the most relevant studies to shape your own health care practice?

This friendly book walks you through the key stages of locating, selecting and evaluating research findings in health care. Offering an engaging, practice-based approach to an often daunting task, the book:

  • Explores how to appraise and apply data drawn from a range of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods studies;
  • Demonstrates how research findings can influence decision-making and can improve your own practice, as well as that of your team;
  • Uses stimulating practice scenarios and worked examples to provide a transferrable blueprint for evidence based practice;

Drawing on the author's extensive research and teaching experience within the field of practice development, Using Research in Practice is an essential text for any health care student or practitioner seeking to evaluate and develop their own evidence base.

DR. JAQUI HEWITT-TAYLOR is Practice Development Fellow, School of Health and Social Care,Bournemouth University, UK.

PART I: WHAT IS RESEARCH AND WHY SHOULD IT BE USED?
Why Should we Use Research?
What is Research?
PART II: IS THE RESEARCH ANY GOOD?
Finding Information
Appraising Research
Appraising Quantitative Research
Appraising Qualitative Research
Appraising Mixed Methods Research
Using Summaries of Evidence
PART III: PUTTING RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE
Making Decisions
Changing Your Practice
Changing Team Practice
Evaluating New Practice
Conclusion.

Reviews

…a robust illustration of the importance of evidence based practice for students. This book explains and exemplifies the principles of research, research critique and research application in an engaging and novel way, and addresses many of the practicalities of reading about and using research as part of professional practice…' - Dr Geraldine Lyte, BNurs Programme Director, University of Manchester, UK'This is an accessible text that will help students develop their understanding of evidence-based practice.' - Karen Hayward, School of Health, University Campus Suffolk, UK '...refreshing book ...inspires us to believe we can and should get involved in evidence-based practice.' - Nursing Standard
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