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]

Critically Evaluating Research Studies

Critically evaluating research studies


While research impacted on nursing and the medical professions in the past, since the 1980s there have been attempts to make research more applicable to professional practice. Initially, the approach was an attempt to support practice by reference to research, a concept known as research utilisation (Polit & Beck, 2014). In the 1990s, the idea developed that research should inform practice rather than simply support it and the concept of evidence-based practice was born (Grove et al., 2013). While some support for evidence-based practice came from Systematic Review repositories such as the Cochrane Collaboration, the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), the advent of ...

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