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Doing a Literature Review in Nursing, Health and Social Care

Doing a Literature Review in Nursing, Health and Social Care

168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
How do I start my literature review? What sources can I go to for information? How do I analyse the work of others?

This clear, practical book guides readers undertaking their own literature review through the process, giving them the skills and knowledge they need for success.

The chapters address:

- Different types of literature reviews

- Critically analysing material

- Presenting the final piece of work

- Best practice in referencing and plagiarism

- Systematic approaches to literature reviews

A wide range of examples from books, journals and other sources are included to demonstrate the process in action. Each chapter also includes activities and checklists to help readers develop their own work.

It will be an essential guide for all nursing and all allied healthcare students, as well as professionals working in practice.

Figures and Tables
About the Authors
What Is a Literature Review?
Types of Literature Review
Systematic Review
Selecting a Review Topic and Searching the Literature
Reading and Organising the Literature
Critically Analysing the Literature
Synthesizing the Literature
Writing up Your Literature Review
Referencing and Plagiarism
What Comes Next?

'This book will be the essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students across nursing, health and social care. It will guide students on how to undertake a critical review of literature.' -
Susan Ashton, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University

'Coughlan, et al's book is what I, and other lecturers who teach dissertation skills, have been waiting for. From a student's point of view, it really is a 'one-stop-shop', in terms of having everything that they will need, throughout writing a literature review. Plain speaking, and informative, it is a 'must-have' resource for students, especially those who are doing a dissertation by literature review' -

Stephanie Millns Sizer, Lecturer in Health Sciences, University of York

"In this slim volume, the authors--all of whom are nursing faculty members--provide a decent and very readable overview of the literature review process....While the intended audience is nursing and social work professionals, as the title suggests, the book is written generally enough to be of interest to anyone in the health care profession who is seeking a practical introduction to the literature review process. Overall, this fine volume should appeal to a broad audience of research novices. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through graduate students; practitioners."

M.P. MacEachern
University of Michigan

The book has been well thought out and covers the important elements of literature reviews in a simplified way, which is helpful to health and social care professionals who are often undertaking their studies on a part-time basis. The key strength of this book is the application of the knowledge and the guidance of readers to undertake their own literature review.  In a systematic way it clearly outlines the skills and knowledge that are required with supportive examples.

Dr Jo Wilson

Students found it to be easy to read, understand and able to relate it to nursing evidence based practice.

Mr Taofik Olajobi
Nursing , University of West London
July 3, 2016

This book gives clear guidelines for both undergraduate and post graduate students writing a critical and evaluative literature review.

Ms Julie Burton
School of Health & Social Care, Lincoln University
June 13, 2016

This book provides an excellent framework for the literature review process for pre and post graduates. It covers everything from refining the search terms and creating a research strategy through to critical appraisal, synthsis of findings and publication of results.

Dr Jackie Buck
Nursing , University of East Anglia
April 4, 2016

This book is easy ot follow and contains a lot of information for the student who is undertkaing their first literature review

Miss Sue Lillyman
Institute of Health, Social Care and Psychology, Worcester University
October 29, 2015

A comprehensive and purposeful text that enhances understanding of how to conduct a literature review

Mrs Lyz Howard
Department of Health, Health and Social Care Teaching Team
July 17, 2015

This book is clear and concise and is essential for giving students guidance and theoretical framework for undertaking a dissertation. This book is particularly useful for students undertaking desktop studies. I will be making it required reading for my students

Miss jude radford
Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University
July 1, 2015

This is essential reading for any students undertaking a literature review - it is well-written and talks the reader through the literature review process, step-by-step.

Mr Colm Treacy
School of Health Sciences, City University London
June 2, 2015

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Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: What is a Literature Review?

Michael Coughlan

Michael Coughlan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, Trinity College Dublin, where he has worked since 2002. He is a Registered Nurse Tutor and has been involved in nurse education for nearly 30 years. He has a wide experience in guiding and supervising students undertaking literature reviews and research studies at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. His interests include research, and haematology and oncology nursing. He has a number of publications in these areas, in addition to co-authoring a number of books on literature reviews and research. Qualifications: MEd, MA, BNS, RPN, RGN, RNT. More About Author

Patricia Cronin

Patricia Cronin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. She is a registered General Nurse and her clinical background is in surgical and gastrointestinal nursing. She has a special interest in theory, and research and systematic review methodologies and considerable expertise in qualitative research methodologies. She is also a contributor and member of the editorial board for an online clinical skills training tool. Her research interests lie in the areas of chronic illness and gastrointestinal health in people with intellectual disability. She has published widely, co-authoring four books... More About Author

Frances Ryan

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