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.

Reviewing Literature

Reviewing literature

This chapter focuses on:

  • The purpose of reviewing relevant literature
  • Stages in carrying out a literature review
  • The sources of literature
  • Evaluating sources from the internet
  • Organizing and managing your literature review
  • Reviewing and writing up the literature.


In this chapter we shall focus on the process of undertaking a review of the literature that relates to the topic of a study. As a researcher, the reader will need to be aware of what others have discovered about aspects related to the topic of inquiry and consider how their findings relate to what the reader is about to study. In order to achieve this the reader will need to search and locate a suitable range of literature and analyse and review the different types of studies identified via this ...

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