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]

The Research Process at a Glance

The research process at a glance


The terms research and the research process often invoke feelings of apprehension and dread in novice researchers and students. The language and terminology encountered when reading a research article or hearing research discussed often seem alien, and the research process can seem confusing to those who are unfamiliar with its structure. However, well conducted research follows a well-defined sequence of steps and these steps are what have become known as the research process.

Undertaking a research study is similar to undertaking a journey and like any journey it has a point of origin, a planned route and a final destination. If you are unsure where you are starting, the route to your destination can ...

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