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.

Analysing Data and Generating Evidence

Analysing data and generating evidence

This chapter focuses on:

  • Organizing, analysing, and representing data
  • A range of examples of data analysis
  • The role of computer software in data analysis
  • Validating evidence
  • Making claims and contributing to knowledge.


Imagine an action research project is now entering a crucial stage. It has been planned with meticulous attention and data have been gathered using different methods. Now it is time for the final analysis to be carried out and the data presented, prior to conclusions being drawn and the findings being shared. During this action research project, with its cycle of phases, researchers will have been making some form of analysis of the data and now, at this final stage, they will be pulling together all the findings, reflecting on ...

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