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.

Developing One's Own Professional Practice

Developing One's Own Professional Practice

Developing one's own professional practice

Chapter Objectives

Clinical action research can form an integral part of developing one's own practice. This chapter describes the experiential learning and insight I gained as a Consultant Nurse and clinical action research facilitator. Whether a small-scale project or one that extends beyond one clinical area, this narrative of my journey is offered to enable you to:

  • appreciate the systematic and rigorous approaches that I used;
  • consider how I have highlighted that working collaboratively with others can be complex;
  • reflect on the frequently challenging and constantly evolving ‘real world’ context in which clinical action research is carried out.

For the novice action researcher immersed in the complexity of clinical care, the narrative may also demystify some of the complex organisational cultures which can appear baffling and highly challenging. For the ...

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