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.
Clinical Action Research to Advance Patient Care
Healthcare practitioners and academic colleagues have a professional responsibility to contribute to the advancement of patient care. The action research approach is compatible with healthcare professionals' ability to work together, with a common goal of improving patient care. The action research process is akin to the nursing process in that it encompasses identifying and assessing patient-centred problems, action planning, implementing the plan and evaluating the outcomes. It also brings research into the clinical area and enables nurses as a group to actively participate in defining and improving their practice (La Pine 2008).