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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book provides the reader with the knowledge needed for the conduct of nursing research. Such knowledge is needed to change practice, education, and health policy. The last edition was published in 1997.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the reader with the tools to evaluate, implement, and conduct research studies and to apply research findings in clinical practice. This is useful especially in light of the expectation of nurses to be able to critique and use research findings. The authors do an excellent job of meeting this purpose.
Audience: The target audience is baccalaureate and graduate nursing students learning research methodology and nurse researchers needing a refresher on the conduct of research. The authors are directly involved in this area, this being their fourth edition.
Features: This book consists of four units. Introduction to research familiarizes the reader with the language of research. Quantitative and qualitative research processes deal with the conduct of nursing research. Critiquing research studies is the focus of the unit on using research in practice. The final unit deals with seeking funding for nursing research. Quick-access charts for statistical analysis and quantitative research design are included. Statistical tables are included in the appendixes and there is a glossary.
Assessment: This book will be quite useful for the target audience. It is comprehensive and a valuable contribution to the field. This edition contains revised material on outcomes research, designing interventions for nursing studies, an expanded ethics section, research utilization, literature review, and statistical presentation.