Student nurses strive to become evidence-based practitioners, and to achieve this they need to understand how research impacts on health and health care. This new book helps readers to do just that, providing a readable, concise guide to the research process for those who are beginning their first degree. It walks students through the research process, covering topics such as how to choose a research question, literature reviewing and analysing findings. Key features of the book are: • A companion website to support lecturers in their teaching and students in their learning. The site offers resources including class discussion questions, quizzes and free SAGE journal articles • Learning outcomes and key points which highlight important information • Definitions of difficult terms and an interactive glossary • Activities to help students revise and test their learning It will be essential reading for all those studying on undergraduate degrees in nursing and health, as well as those taking courses to continue their professional development. [SAGE companion website icon]

What is Research?

What is research?


This book is designed as an introductory text that will facilitate your understanding of research. Undertaking research is a skilled activity and while it is desirable that practitioners engage in research this is not the purpose of this book. This book is focussed on introducing you to research so that you can become research aware. Being research aware is about developing the skills that will enable you to read and understand research reports. While this may seem straightforward, understanding research means possessing the skills to make judgements about the quality of that research and determining if the findings are sufficiently credible to warrant implementation in practice. In order to do this you must know about each step of the ...

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