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 are Research Problems, Questions, Hypotheses, Aims and Objectives?

What are research problems, questions, hypotheses, aims and objectives?


At a multidisciplinary clinical team meeting, early one Thursday morning, a staff midwife asked the question; ‘why do we listen continuously to the baby's heart rate [by a machine called the electronic fetal monitor] during labour when we know that there are no research studies that support this in low risk, healthy pregnant women?’

The question was initially posed out of simple curiosity based on the midwife's observations during her daily clinical practice and through her awareness of non-compliance with the local policy guidelines. It soon became apparent that this was an important clinical question that required a clear answer. The problem lay within the midwife's question; that ...

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