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.
Collaborative Working in Clinical Settings
In contemporary action research the emphasis is on researchers and practitioners working collaboratively, with a special focus on awareness-raising and empowerment (Kennedy 2001). There is an assumption that healthcare professionals collaborate to provide and enable quality healthcare. While the desire to collaborate is laudable and a key driving force for change, this may often be the exception rather than the rule. Establishing effective collaboration is fundamental in an action research project. Yet, some studies claiming to use action research methods have failed to demonstrate true collaborative intent (Hockley 2006).
Facilitation is the key to enable effective intra-professional, multi-professional and user/carer collaboration in an action research project. The role of facilitator arises directly from the action research principle of collaboration (Winter and Munn-Giddings 2001).