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Traditional research textbooks have used the format of the research process which makes research seem even more difficult and remote. This book is different. Because the purpose of research appreciation is to enable practitioners to use research to develop and improve practice, it focuses instead on the skills of research appreciation and application which are distinct from the skills necessary to undertake research. It prepares you to access, critically evaluate, understand and use research-based literature within the multi-disciplinary context of today's health services. It emphasises: the range of sources of knowledge which inform nursing practice; contemporary research and the context in which health care research and development takes place; critical evaluation of research reports and research-based literature, examining the implication of project design and conduct; and the range of skills needed for the application of research findings and innovation within practice.
1. Knowledge for practice based disciplines: advancing the debate.
2. The context of nursing and health care research.
3. Accessing sources of knowledge.
4. Making the most of existing knowledge.
5. Philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of research.
6. The relationship between research question and research design.
7. Evaluating qualitative research.
8. Evaluating quantitative research.
9. Populations and samples: identifying boundaries of research.
10. Critiquing ethical issues in published research.
11. Reviewing and interpreting research: identifying implications for practice.
12. Evidence-based practice and critical appraisals of quantitative review articles (systematic reviews).
13. Factors which may inhibit the utilization of research findings in practice - and some solutions.
14. Techniques and strategies for translating research findings into health care practice.