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How to Read and Critique Research

How to Read and Critique Research
A Guide for Nursing and Healthcare Students

December 2022 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Do you find research difficult to read? Do you struggle to get to grips with a research paper?

Understanding, critiquing and using research is a key requirement of students studying nursing and healthcare. This book will equip you with the skills you need to understand research and use it in your practice and academic assignments.

The approach used in this book is unique: each chapter focuses on a published research paper – one you might be asked to read for a seminar or include in your academic work. In clear, straightforward language, the authors take you through each paper step by step, using it as a basis for exploring the underpinning research method or design, and how it has been reported.

Key features:

·       Focusses on a different research paper in each chapter

·       Identifies the main skills you need for your course: understanding research methods and critiquing articles

·       Written specifically for nursing and healthcare students by experienced nursing and health care lecturers

·       Develops your confidence in understanding research by helping you to apply your knowledge to real research papers.

Getting Started With Reading Research
A Survey Paper
A Generic Qualitative Research Paper
A Grounded Theory Paper
A Phenomenology Paper
A Randomised Controlled Trial Paper
A Case-Control Study Paper
A Mixed Methods Study Paper
An Integrative Review Paper
A Systematic Review With Meta-Analysis Paper
In Summary

Helen Aveyard

Dr Helen Aveyard is a Principal Lecturer in the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery at Oxford Brookes University. After completing her undergraduate nursing degree, combining clinical duties with study, Helen completed her MA in Medical Law and Ethics and PhD. On taking up academic role, Helen has published widely on nursing ethics and education in research methods. Helen is an experienced supervisor for PhD and professional doctorate students and is the author of ' Doing a literature review in health and social care' which is in its 4th edition. Other co-authored texts include ‘A postgraduate’s guide to doing a literature review’ and ... More About Author

Nancy Preston

Professor Nancy Preston is a Professor of Supportive and Palliative Care and Associate Dean for Post Graduate Education in the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University. She completed her degree in Nursing at King’s College, London and worked as a cancer nurse including time as a research nurse on clinical trials. She completed her PhD at the Institute of Cancer Research, London. With over 30 years of experience in research, her research focusses on palliative care and how best to integrate palliative care into general healthcare systems. She has a strong interest in how people make decisions about their future care including... More About Author

Morag Farquhar

Professor Morag Farquhar is Professor of Palliative Care Research at University of East Anglia (UEA). An early graduate nurse by background (King’s College London), she holds an MSc in Medical Sociology and PhD (University of London). She has worked in health services research for over 30 years, predominantly in the field of supportive and palliative care, within the universities of London, Manchester, Cambridge and UEA. Her main research areas include person-centred care, informal carers, breathlessness in advanced disease, and developing and testing of interventions using mixed methods. Morag has collaborated and published with... More About Author

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