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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.

Gathering Data
Gathering data

All researchers need to make decisions about which methodology to use in their research. In a research inquiry, researchers would have made the decision to use an action research approach. Some consideration may have been given to which data would need to be collected. The reader may have been asking two questions: what methods should a researcher be using and how should they go about organizing the data collection? If a researcher is working for an academic qualification they may have also been attending lectures on research methodology in an academic institution. In this chapter we shall focus on aspects of data gathering ...

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