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From The CriticsReviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book provides the foundation for conducting research, focusing on research methodology and evidence-based practice. The eighth edition includes many revisions as well as a new title for this well known text.
Purpose: It is designed primarily to help researchers develop the skills for conducting research. It also helps them refine the skills of reading, evaluating, and using nursing research. These objectives have been met.
Audience: This book is best suited for graduate nursing programs where students are learning to do research and for those learning to appraise research evidence. The authors have a long history of research and writing research books.
Features: There are many revisions to this classic. The new title denotes the importance of evidence-based practice and the evidence-based practice chapter has been moved up to the second chapter. Critiquing guidelines are included in every chapter rather than treated in a single chapter at the end. This edition now includes a balance of medical and social science techniques to allow nurses to become familiar with that terminology. The new organization of the chapters on methods focuses on the techniques rather than the use in a specific research approach. New chapters cover systematic reviews and development of self-report scales. While qualitative research information appears throughout chapters, there is a new chapter on enhancing and assessing the integrity of qualitative research. An important addition is the resource manual that focuses on critique opportunities. A toolkit on the accompanying CD-ROM includes numerous research resources that can be downloaded and used directly or adapted. The text contains the usual key features such as research examples, critiquing guidelines, specific tips on conducting research and student learning aides.
Assessment: This book should be very useful to the target audience. The reorganization of the book with the emphasis on evidence-based practice, and the resource manual make it a must-have for the classroom.