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]

Data Collection in Research

Data collection in research


Choosing the most appropriate method of collecting data is fundamental to undertaking a successful study. This chapter presents an outline of the most commonly used methods of data collection in healthcare research. The methods of data collection presented include measurement scales, questionnaires, interviews, observation and documentary sources. It is important to note that a clear distinction between methods is not possible because each may use elements of others. For example, a questionnaire can be administered in an interview situation and vice versa, and observation can include the use of a questionnaire. Variations, strengths and limitations of each of the methods are described.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

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