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.

Ethical Considerations
Ethical considerations

Do I need to apply for ethical approval? This chapter will tell you why this is an essential requirement. Also, in clinical action research, many ethical considerations go beyond those required when using more traditional research approaches.

For colleague and user engagement the action researcher is required to consider how to ensure both equity and shared decision making throughout the study, and identify the potential personal risks (and benefits) for the co-researchers associated with the project. Three important ethical questions associated with action research are explored in this chapter:

  • If researcher and participants collaborate closely, how can confidentiality and anonymity be ...
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