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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book provides a foundation in understanding nursing research and its role in evidence-based practice (EBP). An accompanying online resource center is available for student and faculty use.
Purpose: The purpose is to help nursing students understand the relevance of research and evidence-based practice. According to the authors, this book provides need-to-know information and how to use this information in evidence-based practice. The authors meet their objective with this very understandable book.
Audience: The target audience is student nurses learning the skills of critiquing nursing research, the skills required of evidence-based practice. It is also aimed at nurses with little knowledge of evidence-based practice.
Features: A unique feature is the walk-through preface that helps readers understand the layout of the chapters. The chapters are written as if the authors are talking to the readers, who have very little knowledge of research or evidence-based practice, and discuss the topics needed to understand these principles. Chapter 1 explains the rationale and layout of the book and chapter 2 details the basic principles of EBP. The basic steps of the research process are described in chapter 3, while qualitative research is the subject of chapter 4 and quantitative research is the focus of chapter 5. Chapter 6 describes searching and retrieving the literature, while chapter 7 deals with evaluating and appraising the evidence. Chapter 8 discusses implementing EBP and its importance. Chapter 9 is unique in the way it helps students understand how research and EBP can be used in written academic assignments. The final chapter covers dissemination of evidence.
Assessment: This is an excellent book for the target audience. It is not a book for learning the details of research; the authors note that readers should consult a traditional nursing research book for this information.