Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice / Edition 8

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With an emphasis on how nursing research is appraised and applied, Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice, 8th Edition offers a comprehensive introduction to the nursing research concepts and methods essential to today’s evidence-based healthcare environment. Coverage includes clear guidelines for evaluating research and applying scientific evidence to practice, qualitative and quantitative research, appraising and critiquing research, critical thinking, and clinical decision making using research information.

• Balanced coverage
acquaints you with the processes behind research and evidence-based practice.
Distinct coverage of qualitative and quantitative research approaches are presented in separate parts of the book to avoid the confusion that often results when the two are interwoven.
Complete, high-quality research examples, including three sample critiques, demonstrate how to apply the principles outlined in the text to published quantitative and qualitative research studies.
Research Vignettes help bridge the gaps among clinical research, academia, and clinical practice.
All-star cast of contributors represents a widely respected team of experts in nursing research and evidence-based practice.
Each chapter contains a variety of popular learning aids, including Key Terms, Learning Outcomes, Helpful Hints, Evidence-Based Practice Tips, Appraising the Evidence, Critiquing Criteria, Critique of a Research Study, Critical Thinking Decision Paths, Critical Thinking Challenges, and Key Points.

• NEW! Streamlined steps of the research process
focus on how to appraise and apply research findings for evidence-based practice.
NEW! Theory chapter features an up-to-date exploration of the most important theories behind nursing research.
NEW! Systematic Reviews and Clinical Practice Guidelines chapter addresses this important area of nursing research.
NEW! Quality Improvement chapter discusses the trending topic of quality improvement as it relates to nursing research.
NEW! Updated research articles, including a Cochrane Collection study, reflect the most current, high-quality studies, particularly those that are accessible and relevant to readers with minimal clinical experience.
NEW! All-new Research Vignettes illustrate the dynamic nature of nursing research.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323100861
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/11/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 616
  • Sales rank: 45,332
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Associate Professor, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing, Houston, TX

Director, Master's Program, New York University, New York, NY

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Table of Contents


Research Vignette: Improving Supportive Care for Cancer Patients and Their Families

  1. Integrating Research, Evidence-Based Practice, and Quality Improvement Processes
  2. Research Questions, Hypotheses, and Clinical Questions
  3. Gathering and Appraising the Literature
  4. Theoretical Frameworks for Research New!

    Research Vignette: Program of Research on Substance Use Disorders

  6. Introduction to Qualitative Research
  7. Qualitative Approaches to Research
  8. Appraising Qualitative Research

    Research Vignette: From Pressure Ulcer Prediction to Preventive Interventions

  10. Introduction to Quantitative Research
  11. Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs
  12. Nonexperimental Designs
  13. Systematic Reviews and Clinical Practice Guidelines New!
  14. Sampling
  15. Legal and Ethical Issues
  16. Data Collection Methods
  17. Reliability and Validity
  18. Data Analysis: Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
  19. Understanding Research Findings
  20. Appraising Quantitative Research

    Research Vignette: Incorporating Information and Communication Technology Tools for HIV into Practice

  22. Strategies and Tools for Developing an Evidence-Based Practice
  23. Developing an Evidence-Based Practice
  24. Quality Improvement New!


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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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