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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michalene A. King, PhD, RN, CNE (Duquesne University School of Nursing)
Description: This set combines a book on the essentials of nursing research and an accompanying study guide with exercises to reinforce the material in each chapter. The previous edition was published in 2010.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to "offer guidance to students who are learning to appraise research reports and use research in practice," while the purpose of the study guide is to "bridge the gap between the passive reading of abstract materials and the active development of skills needed to critique studies and use the findings in practice." Both are worthy objectives, which the books meet.
Audience: Although the intended audience is nursing students, especially undergraduate students, the book also could be a useful resource for practicing nurses who may want to participate in some aspect of research, but need some basic background. Both authors have many years of research practice and research publications.
Features: The book has many helpful features, including learning objectives, key new terms, examples of research, tip boxes, "how to tell" tips, critiquing guidelines, critical thinking guidelines, and special icons to send students to online resources. The study guide contains a variety of exercises as well as helpful appendixes, which contain several research articles for the students to use while completing the exercises.
Assessment: The changes and additions to this edition justify replacing the previous editions. The discussion of qualitative and quantitative methods has been split into separate sections, for the most part. The print book has been streamlined, with additional information offered online. There is a chapter on mixed-methods research and increased emphasis on evidence-based practice. New critical thinking activities guide students through research examples to assist them in evaluating the research.