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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Martha G. Meraviglia, RN, MSN (University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing)
Description: This fourth edition book on nursing research describes the processes of quantitative and qualitative research methods along with the significant criteria for evaluating the research literature. The book has a section focusing on the critique and utilization of research findings in clinical practice.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to assist baccalaureate and master's nursing students and nurses in their understanding of the research process, critiquing of studies, and utilizing current findings in clinical practice and education.
Audience: The book is targeted for undergraduate and graduate nursing students along with nurses in practice to facilitate competency in research.
Features: The two color text and Internet research resources in the book are excellent features. Key terms, learning outcomes, key points, and critical thinking challenges are identified within each chapter. The authors include several nursing vignettes to stimulate the reader's interest in research.
Assessment: This nursing research text is an outstanding resource for both undergraduate and graduate nursing students studying the process of research and the evaluation and utilization of findings in practice. The book is well organized, which enhances the understanding of complex topics. There are numerous illustrations to demonstrate the research process. The book includes excellent critiques of research along with a discussion of the criteria for evaluating research reports. The contributors refer to current research findings throughout their discussions of the content. The book concludes with an outstanding chapter on the utilization of research in practice.