Essentials of Nursing Research: Appraising Evidence for Nursing Practice / Edition 8

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This eighth edition of Essentials of Nursing Research, written by AJN award-winning authors, along with its accompanying Study Guide for Essentials of Nursing Research, student learning ancillaries, and instructor teaching materials present a unique learning-teaching package that is designed to teach students how to read and critique research reports, and to appreciate the application of research findings to nursing practice.
New to this edition:
- New text organization with separate sections on quantitative and qualitative research offer greater continuity of ideas to better meet the needs of students and faculty.
- New online chapter supplements for every chapter expand student's knowledge of research topics.
- New chapter on mixed methods research, which involves the blending of qualitative and quantitative data in a single inquiry, responds to the surge of interest in this type of research 
-  Increased emphasis on evidence-based practice (EBP) especially in the areas of asking well-worded questions for EBP and searching for such evidence guides the reader from theory to application.
 - Enhanced assistance for instructors with numerous suggestions on how to make learning about—and teaching—research methods more rewarding.
-New interactive critiquing activity, available on thePoint website, brings the Critical Thinking Exercises from the textbook to an interactive tool. The new format makes it easy for students to respond to the series of targeted questions about the Research Examples. Responses can be printed or e-mailed directly to instructors for homework or testing.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: The seventh edition of this book continues its focus on reading and critiquing research reports with an emphasis on facilitating understanding of research and fostering interest in research.
Purpose: The purpose is to explain the essentials of reading and critiquing research. This is an essential skill especially with the emphasis on evidence-based practice.
Audience: This book is most suitable for undergraduate nursing students learning to read and critique research studies. The authors have numerous research publications in addition to research texts to their credit.
Features: For this edition, there have been many changes and additions. There is a stronger emphasis on evidence-based practice and the chapter on the fundamentals of evidence-based practice is now the second chapter. There is a new chapter on reading and critiquing systematic reviews and the student study guide includes a report on an evidence-based project. The content on qualitative research has been expanded and includes a chapter on trustworthiness and integrity of qualitative research. Since nurses use research from other disciplines, research terminology and methodology has been expanded to familiarize readers with terminology specific to various disciplines. The key features and ancillaries to this edition are the same as previous editions. New are two full critiques on the CD-ROM and the Point for students to use as models. The student study guide contains seven research studies to provide more opportunity for critiquing. There is an ancillary teaching-learning package for students and instructors (upon adoption of the text). The Point (online) gives readers access to learning objectives, Internet resources, answers to critical thinking activities, and self-study review questions. The CD-ROM also contains student resources. Upon approval, the instructor can gain access to instructor resources, which include test generator questions, PowerPoint presentations, strategies for effective teaching, and the instructor manual.
Assessment: This book continues to be valuable for undergraduate nursing students learning to read and critique research. (It is not intended to prepare an individual to conduct research; the authors have a research methods text for that purpose.) The authors have removed the mystery of research and produced a very user-friendly book. The stronger emphasis on EBP has made this edition necessary.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451176797
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 31,595
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise F. Polit, PhD, FAAN

President, Humanalysis, Inc., Saratoga Springs, New York   and

Professor, Griffith University School of Nursing,
 Brisbane, Australia


Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN

Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing, University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Overview of Nursing Research and its Role in Evidence-Based Practice

Introduction to Nursing Research in an Evidence-Based Practice Environment

Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: Fundamentals

Key Concepts and Steps in Qualitative and Quantitative Research

Reading and Critiquing Research Reports

Ethics in Research

Pt. 2 Preliminary Steps in the Appraisal of Evidence

Research Problems, Research Questions, and Hypotheses

Literature Reviews: Finding and Reviewing Research Evidence

Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks

Pt. 3 Designs for Nursing Research

Quantitative Research Designs

Qualitative Designs and Approaches

Specific Types of Research

Sampling Plans

Pt. 4 Data Collection

Data Collection Methods

Measurement and Data Quality

Pt. 5 Data Analysis and Interpretation

Statistical Analysis of Quantitative Data

Rigor and Interpretation in Quantitative Research

Analysis of Qualitative Data

Trustworthiness and Integrity in Qualitative Research

Systematic Reviews: Meta-analysis and Metasynthesis


A The Relationships among Anxiety, Anger, and Blood Pressure in Children

B The Anniversary of Birth Trauma


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