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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This concise presentation of the steps of the research process, the steps of the critique process, and the tools for evidence-based practice includes free online resources for faculty and students. The previous edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: The purpose is to help students develop a basic understanding of the steps of the research process that will enable them to critically analyze research studies and apply evidence in clinical practice. The development of an evidence-based foundation is an essential priority for nursing.
Audience: The primary audience is undergraduate nursing students, but the book also is useful as a resource for master's and doctoral level students wanting a concise review of the basic steps of the research process, research critique process, and tools for evidence-based practice. It is also recommended for doctor of nursing practice (DNP) students preparing to be experts in evidence-based practice. The authors have a long history in research as authors and researchers.
Features: This edition has essentially the same chapters as the previous edition, but it includes some changes related to increasing the evidence-based focus. Chapters include boxes with evidence-based practice tips. Chapter 1 has a stronger focus on evidence-based content, combining the material on the role of research and integrating evidence-based practice. New research articles are included in the appendixes. This book links the steps of the research process with the concepts of evidence-based practice. Promoting critical thinking is a strong point. Chapters incorporate critical thinking decision paths, evidence-based practice tips, helpful hints, and critical thinking challenges. The free online resources for instructors include a test bank, instructor's manual, PowerPoint slides, audience response system questions, and an image collection. Resources for students include a companion study guide and access to the Evolve website, which has summative review material, research articles, critiquing exercises, and review questions for reinforcement of concepts.
Assessment: With the integration of a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice, this book should be very helpful to the target audience.