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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Suzanne K. Beltz, PhD, RN, CS (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor)
Description: This valuable resource speaks to the lack of dialog regarding the evaluation of outcomes of qualitative research, the sharing of these outcomes, and the implementation of changes in practice based on outcomes of an informant based study.
Purpose: The purpose is to address issues in qualitative research that occur after data analysis. The editor presents the work for discussion and to provide guidelines for the evaluation and dissemination of outcomes, so that the "power and usefulness of qualitative research will be recognized."
Audience: The editor indicates that her target audience is "The world. At large." Written by a group of 22 contributing nurse scholars, this book will be a valuable resource for nurse scientists, as well as researchers and graduate students of any discipline who are interested in qualitative research and the outcomes of such research.
Features: This writing is well organized. More than half of the chapters contain good use of tables and diagrams to enhance understanding of the material. Reference lists at the end of each chapter include both the classic writings and most current articles found on the specific topic. The book contains both a detailed subject index and a name index. A special feature of this work is found in the combination of individual writing and collaborative efforts of the contributing authors.
Assessment: This book is a well balanced presentation of discussion and details for disseminating the findings of a qualitative research project. The contributors have given guiding perspective to issues of importance in the research community, e.g. the strength, credibility, and generalizability of a qualitative research project. The information will both challenge and stimulate the reader's thinking.