Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice / Edition 6

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This is a comprehensive but easy-to-understand nursing research textbook that is designed to introduce students to research concepts and methods, as well as teach how to evaluate research and apply scientific evidence to practice. The 6th edition now includes an increased emphasis on evidence-based practice, and teaches the reader how to analyze research by demonstrating in detail the components of research, the types of research, and how to use research information. The thread of evidence-based practice has been enhanced from cover to cover, including the addition of "Evidence-Based Practice Tips" throughout. The sixth edition now features a full-color design and illustrations.

• Quantitative research and qualitative research are presented separately, in a balanced manner.
• A inviting Research Vignette opens each of the book's four Parts, introducing students to real-world practitioners of nursing research.
• Unique Helpful Hint boxes offer practical tips for avoiding common pitfalls in nursing research.
• Critiquing Guides offer essential questions to ask when critiquing aspects of a research article.
• Critical Thinking Decision Paths are flowchart-style diagrams with critical decision points that guide students through the process of decsion-making in conducting and interpreting research.
• Critical Thinking Challenges are thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter.
• Critique of a Research Study features demonstrate how to apply critiquing skills to a research study.
• Additional popular pedagogical aids include Key Terms lists, Learning Outcomes, and Key Points summaries, along with many tables, boxes, and figures.
• Appendix includes four updated full-text research articles — referenced throughout the text.

• New focus on evidence-based practice.
• Three chapters focus on evidence-based practice, including the new Tools for Applying Evidence to Practice chapter (Chapter 20), which covers implementation of protocols for evidence-based practice, standards of care, care maps, and more.
• Evidence-Based Practice Tip boxes provide tips for applying research evidence to practice.
• An evidence-based practice icon highlights key evidence-based content.
• Critical Thinking Challenges include at least one question per chapter focused on evidence-based practice.
• Practice examples of evidence-based nursing are updated and expanded.
• Updated coverage of HIPAA regulations, replication, genetics, sample size, and power calculations keeps students on the cutting edge of changes in the field.
• New Example Glossary not only includes definitions of key terms and concepts but also references to in-text examples of the concepts, with page references.

Incl. experimental designs/ sampling/legal, ethical issues/data collection methods/etc.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book presents the basic steps of the research process and the guidelines for critiquing the steps of the research process. For this sixth edition, the content for evidence-based practice has been increased including emphasis throughout the chapters. The previous edition was 2002.
Purpose: The purpose is to help students develop the skills to understand the research process and to critically read, evaluate, and apply research findings in practice. This is a worthwhile goal, since future practitioners will be providing care based on theory and research evidence.
Audience: The target audience is undergraduate nursing students learning the research process and critiquing skills. It can be a resource for master's and doctoral students wanting a concise review of the research and critiquing processes. The authors and contributors are experts in the field of research.
Features: This book concisely covers the steps of the research process in four parts. Part I presents an overview of the research process including the role of research in nursing, integrating evidence-based practice, developing research questions and hypotheses, the literature review, and theoretical framework. Part II focuses on qualitative research including the approaches and evaluation of qualitative research. Part II focuses on quantitative research processes and evaluation. Part IV focuses on evidence-based practice. New to this edition is the increased coverage of evidence-based practice and three chapters have been devoted to this topic. Evidence-based practice tips are included in each chapter. Evidence-based examples have been updated. For selected terms, the example glossary included examples from the text in addition to the definition. A full-color design makes reading more appealing. Note that the Table of Contents contains several errors primarily with page numbers and chapter headings.
Assessment: This will be useful to the target audience. It covers the basic information needed to be a consumer of nursing research. The change of the title to reflect evidence-based practice and increased coverage of that area should prepare the BSN graduate with a good foundation for evidence-based practice.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323028288
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/14/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 602
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Role of Research in Nursing
Chapter 2: The Research Process: Integrating Evidence-Based Practice (NEW Title)
Chapter 3: Developing Research Questions and Hypotheses (NEW Title)
Chapter 4: Literature Review
Chapter 5: Theoretical Framework

Chapter 6: Introduction to Qualitative Research
Chapter 7: Qualitative Approaches to Research
Chapter 8: Evaluating Qualitative Research

Chapter 9: Introduction to Quantitative Research
Chapter 10: Experimental and Quasiexperimental Designs
Chapter 11: Nonexperimental Designs
Chapter 12: Sampling
Chapter 13: Legal and Ethical Issues
Chapter 14: Data-Collection Methods
Chapter 15: Reliability and Validity
Chapter 16: Data (NEW Title)
Chapter 17: Analysis of Findings (NEW Title)
Chapter 18: Evaluating Quantitative Research

Chapter 19: Developing an Evidence-Based Practice (NEW Title)
Chapter 20: Tools for Applying Evidence to Practice NEW!
Example Glossary

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    required text for nursing research course, fairly easy to read

    The book did explain the basic process of reviewing/writing a nursing research project, which helped me to understand the principles of research and to be able to examine more closely other nursing research articles.

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  • Posted September 6, 2010

    Horrible book. Difficult to read and understand. Avoid it!

    I had to buy the book for my research class when i started to read it i could not believe that any book could be so dry and difficult to read and understand. Avoid it! There are other books that are more pleasant and user friendly!

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