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.

Writing Up and Publishing Action Research

Writing up and publishing action research

This chapter focuses on:

  • The process of writing up action research
  • The structure of dissertations
  • Why researchers should disseminate the outcomes of action research
  • The various ways to disseminate
  • Publishing in professional circles
  • Publishing in academic outlets.


We will start this chapter with a quotation from one of our PhD students which captures the spirit of what we want to say in this chapter.

The process of writing up my action research study allowed the fragmented journey I had encountered to emerge as a fluid whole. Decisions I made regarding the elements I thought necessary to recount and also about where they started and ended in the narrative were as much statements about myself and my values as they were about the ...

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