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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lorraine C. Haertel, PhD, RN, CS (University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing)
Description: This introductory text emphasizes reading research literature, critiquing published studies, and summarizing research findings for use in practice. The first edition was published in 1995.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a basic understanding of the research process with the goal of integrating findings into nursing practice. The authors demonstrate how to critically read research studies and implement findings in today's nursing practice.
Audience: This basic text is appropriate for use in an undergraduate baccalaureate research course. It is also a resource and refresher for practicing nurses.
Features: The authors guide nurses in determining the validity and reliability of conducted research in order to make an informed decision about the quality of the study and the applicability of the findings in nursing. This soft-covered text is presented in an easy-to-read format with wide margins for note taking. Examples of actual research demonstrate application of content. Each chapter includes an outline, objectives, relevant terms, summary, and references. A section on Internet resources and a glossary are included. The optional Study Guide provides learning exercises, and a computer disk is available with multiple-choice questions. Since not all readers will use the Study Guide, including multiple choice questions at the end of each chapter in future editions will complete the instructional process used in the text — from objectives to evaluation.
Assessment: Within this genre, this second edition is well presented, logical in format, and offers application and reinforcement of the content. I recommend this book to faculty who wish to provide a foundation to students on which to build; and to those faculty who have an eye toward the baccalaureate nursing student's professional career and the opportunities that exist to contribute to the generation and distribution of nursing research.