Action Research in Healthcare is a practical guide to using research for improving practice in healthcare contexts. As an increasingly popular method of inquiry, Action Research is widely used in healthcare to investigate professional practice and patients' experience while simultaneously; introducing innovations; planning, actioning and evaluating new ideas; seeking to improve patient care, and; working collaboratively

Taking you through the process step-by-step, Action Research in Healthcare explains how to tackle each stage of your project - from planning the study and undertaking a literature review, through to gathering and interpreting data and implementing findings. Examples of action research projects are included throughout to illustrate how the method works in practice.

Action Research in Healthcare assumes no previous knowledge of the subject and is the ideal resource for anyone about to start or already involved in a project.

Engaging in Action Research

Engaging in action research

This chapter focuses on:

  • Types of action research
  • Why action researchers choose action research
  • The advantages and limitations of action research as a methodology
  • The concerns about action research as a research approach
  • Action research and professional development
  • Action research for managing change
  • The processes and outcomes of action research
  • Practical examples.


In Chapter 1, we discussed some of the definitions and features of action research and considered what makes it a powerful mode of enquiry for practitioners. We tried to establish that the principal aim of carrying out an action research project was to support a researcher or group of researchers in studying an aspect of practice, to study it in-depth, to plan and implement action, and to learn from their experiences. In this chapter we ...

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