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The book covers the main sources of research and evidence which nurses and midwives use to develop their practice. The two main headings explore qualitative and quantitative research in depth, avoiding jargon, but building in many examples to illustrate the topics. In addition, the application of other forms of evidence is addressed, as is the role of mixed methods designs. Not only does the book encourage nurses and midwives to develop their research and evidence skills, by the time the reader has completed it, they will have the knowledge and skills to conduct their own small scale research projects.
Professor Sue Dyson is a nurse and midwife by professional background, having worked for 10 years in professional practice. Since 1994 Sue has been in higher education, formerly as a lecturer in nurse education, and latterly as Head of Research for Nursing and Midwifery and Reader in Nurse Education at De Montfort University in the United Kingdom. She has recently been appointed Professor of Nursing at Middlesex University. Dr Peter Norrie has a background in biological sciences and worked in acute and critical nursing for 10 years. He is currently employed as a Principal Lecturer in Nursing and Senior Research Fellow at De Montfort University in Leicester. Peter has a passion for quantitative research which has led him to explore and teach aspects of evidence based practice to a range of nurses and other allied health practitioners, as well as leading a number of funded research projects.
"Very clear explanations eg hierarchies of evidence, qualitative overview of methods, data collection & analysis." - Elizabeth Lawrence, Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University. "The aims of this book, according to the authors, are 'to provide nurses and midwives with a sound theoretical knowledge base for understanding, critically appraising and undertaking research in all areas of health service provision.' The authors meet these worthy objectives... Chapter 9 describes the steps needed to 'do research in the real world.' Chapter 9 is the best chapter in this book, as it clearly and succinctly covers all the steps needed to conduct research. Because it is written for nurses and midwives in the UK, this book specifically discusses the UK healthcare system. It is a good resource for nurses and midwives in that country." - 4 star review by Michalene A King, PhD, RN, CNE (Duquesne University School of Nursing) on Doody Enterprises, Inc, USA, Book Review Service.