Action Research is one of the most popular research strategies in nursing and healthcare. It is widely used by practitioners who want to better understand and undertake their work and students who need to do a research project for their course. AR is evidence-based and links directly to practice, making it the ideal method for a researcher in these fields.

This book introduces readers to Action Research by presenting its key concepts and backing them up with practical examples throughout, often drawn from the authors? own extensive experience. Topics include: Action research to advance patient care; Collaborative working; Ethics; Participatory Action Research; Writing up and disseminating projects

Williamson, Bellman, and Webster - leading figures in the field - provide practical advice for using Action Research in healthcare settings, with patients and alongside other practitioners. Their book presents a flexible approach that can be adapted to researchers? real needs.


This book is written for practitioners and academics considering or involved in action research in clinical practice settings. Action research (AR) enables the integration of education, research and clinical practice to advance patient care. In practice disciplines the need for this approach is self-evident, developing personal and professional knowledge and skills while systematically implementing clinical change for patient benefit and involving other practitioners as equal participants. AR is relevant and useful for busy clinicians (including all members of the multidisciplinary health care team who have a direct clinical interface with patients) in affecting change. Managers may find this approach useful for developing services, particularly when there is a focus on quality, improvement, innovation, performance and productivity.

Throughout the book the text has been informed predominantly by the growing action research literature from nursing and healthcare as well ...

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