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.

Steps in the Action Research Process: Practical Considerations

Steps in the Action Research Process: Practical Considerations

Steps in the action research process: Practical considerations

This chapter focuses on:

  • The quality of action research projects
  • When action research is appropriate
  • The stages of action research
  • Guidance on planning action research projects
  • Examples of action research.


The first two chapters of this book focused on general aspects relating to action research: the historical development and distinguishing features of the action research approach were presented in Chapter 1, while the types of inquiry undertaken by healthcare workers and the advantages and the perceived limitations of action research as a methodology were discussed in Chapter 2. Examples of action research projects, carried out in a range of contexts and focusing on a variety of topics provided in previous chapters, show that the underlying common ...

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