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From The CriticsReviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book examines the roles of research in nursing, the processes of quantitative and qualitative research, application and analysis of nursing research, and evidence-based practice. The last edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide baccaluaureate nursing students with the essential knowledge and competency to critically analyze research studies, judge their merit, and apply research findings in clinical practice. This is useful in light of the expectation of nurses to be able to critique and use research findings. The aurhors do an excellent job of meeting this goal.
Audience: The primary audience for this book is the baccaluareate nursing student learning about the research process, critiquing published research literature, and using research to support evidence-based clinical practice. It may also serve as a resource for graduate students and practicing nurses needing a refresher on the research process and critiquing criteria.
Features: This edition is organized into four parts. Each part begins with a research vignette, written by a researcher, to show the link between research, education, and practice. Part 1 presents an overview of the research process. Part 2 covers the processes related to qualitative research. New to this edition is a chapter introducing the reader to qualitative research. Part 3 covers the process related to quantitative research. The last part discusses the application of research through evidence-based practice. An updated glossary and updated completed research articles and studies are included. Chapter features include critiquing criteria, critical thinking challenges and decision paths, key tems, helpful hints, learning objectives, and key points. A passcode-protected instructor's resource manual and a student study guide are available online. It should be noted that this book is not a how-to book for one conducting a research study.
Assessment: This book should be quite useful to its target audience. It covers the basic steps of the research process as well as how to critique published research and use research findings to support evidence-based clincial practice. The focus on evidence-based clinical practice makes this book a must.