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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 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Do you find research challenging 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 bookwill 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:

·       Each chapter focuses on a different research method by working through a relevant research paper

·       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

This is an ideal text for undergraduate nursing and paramedic students reading and learning to appraise research. This is pitched at the right level and students will find this extremely helpful as they develop these appraisal skills. 

Dr Audrey Cund
Lecturer in Mental Health, UWS, School of Health and Life Sciences, Division of Mental Health and Integrated Care

This is a practical textbook for students which does exactly what it says in the title -demonstrates how to read and critique research. Using examples, it leads the student through the process and is an essential textbook for any research module. 

Dr Janette Pow
Edinburgh Napier University

I am excited for this book release, as I find the work by Helen Aveyard incredibly helpful and aligned to teachers/students' requirements.
The chapter 3 is very well written, it provides an excellent overview on generic qualitative research. It provides key words, examples and a contemporary approach which will certainly benefit both undergraduate and postgraduate students and lecturers alike. 

Vanessa Coelho
Nursing Associate Programme Lead, Apprenticeship Lead for Nursing, Lecturer in Adult Nursing, School of Health & Social Care, University of Essex

This book is an ideal introduction to research and methodologies used for undergraduate healthcare students as it provides clear, systematic discussions throughout, building knowledge and understanding. It is also well placed further develop healthcare professionals understanding of research.

Kirsty Barclay
Midwifery Lecturer, University of West London

It is really helpful to have this set out by research type, and to be able to direct learners to it when they come across one of these documents.

Mr Luke Jeffery
Health, St Vincent College
January 26, 2024

Relevance to the module descriptor

Dr Temitayo A. Odewusi
Nursing, Queen Margaret University
January 30, 2024

Adopted for the academic literacy project to develop midwifery students academic skills

Ms Jan Bowden
Florence Nightingale School of Nursing, King's College London
October 5, 2023

Excellent book to accompany our research methods module.

Professor Jonathan Koffman
Hull York Medical School, Hull University
August 25, 2023

Excellent easy to read textbook for Level 5 and Level 6 students.

Mrs Lisa Attrill
Nursing & Community Studies (Truro), Plymouth University
April 19, 2024

Highly recommended resource for students who are looking to develop their research literacy and critique skills. It a provides step by step guide to critically evaluating research studies, focusing on a different research method in each chapter.

Ms Charlotte Bone
Nursing, BPP University (Waterloo Campus)
April 29, 2023

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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