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Making Sense of Research

Making Sense of Research
An Introduction for Health and Social Care Practitioners

Fourth Edition

200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Research is now an integral part of everyday practice in health and social care. The Fourth Edition of this essential book equips professionals in these fields with the tools to read, analyze and apply research effectively in their work. Though research topics can be difficult to grasp, Making Sense of Research, Fourth Edition clarifies the subject by providing a straightforward guide to the basics.

Topics covered include:

  • The role of research in health and social care
  • The nature of knowledge in health and social care
  • The research process
  • Ethical issues
  • Searching and reviewing the literature
  • Making sense of data analysis

The Fourth Edition has been updated to include new reference material, websites and examples to support the development of essential critical appraisal skills for health and social care professionals.

The Role of Research in the Health and Social Care Professions
The Nature of Knowledge in Health and Social Care
Overview of the Research Process
Ethical Issues
Searching and Reviewing the Literature
Approaches to and Design of Research in Health and Social Care
Research Problems, Aims, Questions and Hypotheses
Understanding Data Collection Techniques
Making Sense of Data Analysis
Critical Appraisal of Health and Social Care Research
Disseminating and Implementing Research
Appendix 1. Critical appraisal framework
Appendix 2. Literature searching
Appendix 3. Four stages in critical appraisal

A good introduction to research

Mrs Sharon Pagett
Nursing Department (Preston), University of Central Lancashire
April 4, 2013

This is a useful, short introductory text for nurses new to research. It does contain key information about a wide range of issues, with useful practice examples to aid understanding and demonstrate relevance to clinical practice. The critical appraisal framework and glossary are also very useful. Practitioners and students should find the book approachable and fairly easy to read. However, I think that students undertaking reserach modules would need to look to other texts to gain greater depth of knowledge and understanding.

Mr Colin Thain
Nursing, University of Central Lancashire
March 28, 2013

This is an excellent pocket sized introduction to research text. It is comprehensive and very readable. Ideal for students embarking on their first research project.

Mr Paul White
School of Healthcare, Leeds University
March 15, 2013

one of several texts which are suggetsed for student to look at as basic reading

Mrs Fiona Kaye
School of Healthcare, Midwifery, Leeds University
March 13, 2013

This is ann easy to read text that students who are new to the concept of resaerch will find useful

Mr Andrew Southgate
Adult Nursing Department, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 17, 2012

A book ideal for new student nurses to get a backgound to the ethos of research without the depth of confusion at the start of their programme.

Ms Sharon Graham
Faculty of Health and Sciences, Staffordshire University
December 13, 2012

A very useful and gentle introduction

Dr Frank Houghton
Humanities, Limerick Institute of Technology
November 6, 2012

Good, basic introductory text for students who are afraid of research. Good use of examples to illustrate.

Mrs Pat Jones
Division of Midwifery, Huddersfield University
November 2, 2012

Great starter text for research. Our students are pre-registration and therefore need a good basic grounding in research methods in a text that won't frighten them at that level. This book fits that remit.

Mr Bernard Pennington
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
November 2, 2012

An easy to understand text, providing an step-by-step approach to research, which included an example of a critiquing framework to appraise research papers

Mrs Carol Ellis
Health , Anglia Ruskin University
October 31, 2012

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Pam Moule

Pam Moule is Professor of Health Services Research and Director of the Centre for Health and Clinical Research at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Pam is engaged in a number of research and evaluation projects across a range of health care environments, supported by a variety of funders. Pam delivers research methods education, supervises undergraduate and masters level dissertations, and supports Doctoral students in the fields of leadership, learning and workforce. Pam has a number of publications in a range of nursing and medical journals and has published four textbooks. Pam is on the editorial board of Nurse... More About Author

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