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Research Methods for Nurses and Midwives

Research Methods for Nurses and Midwives
Theory and Practice

Second Edition
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November 2021 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book walks you step-by-step through the whole research process so you can get up to speed understanding and doing your own research.

In their friendly, down to earth style, the authors lay the theoretical foundations you need to consume and critique research, before showing how to translate this into action when tackling your own literature review or research project.

This second edition:

  • Draws on a wealth of examples from midwifery, four fields of nursing including mental health nursing and child nursing, and a range of health care specialities.
  • Covers new and updated NMC professional education standards and maps all relevant policy and law.
  • Supports your learning with reflective exercises, online activities and quizzes that enable you to be confident in your understanding and develop your thinking. 

Whether you’re encountering research and evidence-based practice for the first time or refreshing your methods knowledge, this is the ideal research companion for nurses and midwives pre-registration, post-registration and beyond.

Part I: Laying the Foundations
Chapter 1: Introduction to Research in Nursing and Midwifery
Chapter 2: Evidence-based Practice
Chapter 3: The Development of Nursing and Midwifery Knowledge
Chapter 4: Quantitative Methodologies: An Overview
Chapter 5: Qualitative Methodologies: An Overview
Chapter 6: Mixed Methodologies: An Overview
Part II: Understanding Research Methods and Designs: The Theory
Chapter 7: Randomised Controlled Trials
Chapter 8: Qualitative Methods
Chapter 9: Surveys, Action Research and Historical Research
Chapter 10: Systematic Reviews
Chapter 11: Research Design
Part III: Using Research Methods and Design: The Practice
Chapter 12: The Research Process
Chapter 13: Literature Review: Identifying and Sourcing the Literature
Chapter 14: Literature Review: Reviewing the Narrative Data
Chapter 15: Sampling
Chapter 16: Quantitative Methods of Data Collection
Chapter 17: Qualitative Methods of Data Collection
Chapter 18: Research Governance in Clinical Research: Addressing Ethical Issues
Part IV: Data Analysis and Evaluation
Chapter 19: Quantitative Data Analysis: Measures of Clinical Effectiveness
Chapter 20: Managing and Analysing Qualitative Data
Chapter 21: Rigour
Chapter 22: Evaluating Research
Part V: Research in Action: Dissemination and Application
Chapter 23: Writing Up and Disseminating Your Research
Chapter 24: Using Research in Clinical Practice
Chapter 25: Writing a Professional Research Proposal
Chapter 26: Where Do I Go from Here?

Harvey and Land empathetically provide novice nurse researchers with a platform from which they build their understanding of what can be a challenging subject. At the same time, they also give those returning to research a well-structured and thought out refresher, easing them back into the intricacies of the research process.

Maj. Adam Hughes
Ministry of Defence

An essential guide to research methodologies with a practical application to nursing and midwifery. It is comprehensive, easy to read and a valuable resource for beginners in research.

Ms Charlotte Bone
Nursing, BPP University (Waterloo Campus)
March 14, 2024

This book is an excellent resource for nursing and midwifery students who a developing their research skills and knowledge. It emphasises on practical application to evidence based practice that allow readers to understand and apply the concepts they have learnt. Highly recommend.

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

This is a fantastic resource for academic study of all stages. It covers research types and not only helps students make sense of research, but equips them to carry out their own effectively.

Mrs Susie Wilkie
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast
July 17, 2023

This is a research textbook highly suited to undergraduate student midwives; it covers all the essential research principles in an accessible and engaging way.

Mrs Kelda Folliard
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of East Anglia
January 19, 2023

This is a clearly written entry-level text for midwifery students learning about research.

Ms Hannah Thompson
Nursing and Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University
November 2, 2022

It has everything that is needed for my module

Dr Helena De Rezende
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University
July 6, 2022

Very straightforward textbook for midwifery and nursing students. I recommend this to all my students

Mrs Sarah Milnes
Nursing, University of Leicester
February 24, 2023

The nursing students I teach have a problem with research methods. They find it daunting and it prevents them from moving forward with their research. I use this book to create my lessons and also to set work for the students to do. It is a core text because it is easy to understand and provides lots of examples. I would not be without this book

Ms wendy askam
Health, Cardinal Newman College
December 17, 2021

Merryl Harvey

Merryl Harvey qualified as a nurse in 1982. After qualifying as a midwife in 1984, her area of practice was neonatal intensive care. Merryl’s clinical career culminated in her working as a clinical teacher and this in turn led her to take up a post at Birmingham City University. Initially this was to run the post-registration neonatal intensive care course. In more recent years Merryl was been seconded to work on a number of large-scale, funded research projects which have focused on aspects of parenting and preterm birth. She secured the Bliss Research Fellow post based at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (2004–2007). Her MSc... More About Author

Lucy Land

Lucy Land qualified as a nurse in 1980 and worked in haematology, caring for patients with leukaemia, sickle cell anaemia and other blood disorders. Eventually specialising in haemophilia, Lucy was one of the first clinical nurse specialists, supporting a regional outpatient and home treatment service. Following this successful career in practice, she became a clinical nurse teacher and later qualified as a registered nurse tutor. After moving into Birmingham City  University, Lucy continued to teach and to undertake funded research projects which focussed  on patient experience and  completing several studies on this... More About Author

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