Book Reviews

Nursing and Midwifery Research 4th Edition 2013

Nursing and Midwifery Research 4th Edition
methods and appraisal for evidence-based practice

Zevia Schneider
PhD, MPsychEd, MAppSc, MEd (TESOL), BEd, BA, FACN, RN, RM, Consultant; Formerly Associate Professor of Research, Faculty of Nursing, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia 

Dean Whitehead
PhD, MSc, BEd, RN, Senior Lecturer, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Geri LoBiondo-Wood
PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice, Planning and Development, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas; Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing, Nursing Systems and Technology, Houston, Texas

Judith Haber
PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN, The Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, College of Nursing, New York University, New York

Mosby Elsevier 2013
ISBN: 9780729541374

Type and scope of the book
This is the 4th edition of this book that guides nurses through research. This book was first printed in 1999 but was adapted from Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice by Geri LoBiondo-Wood and Judith Haber. This original book was first published 1986. This book is an introduction into the world of nursing research and can be used as a constant reference during learning and practice. The language and setting of this book is Australian and New Zealand based.

Section 1: Research awareness

1 The significance of nursing research
2 An overview of research theory and process
3 Searching the literature
4 Reviewing the literature
5 Identifying research ideas, questions and hypotheses
6 Ethical & legal issues in research

Section 2: Appreciation and application

7 Common qualitative research methods
8 Sampling data and data collection in qualitative research
9 Analysing data in qualitative research
10 Common quantitative methods
11 Sampling data in quantitative research
12 Quantitative data collection and study validity
13 Assessing measuring instruments
14 Analysing data in quantitative research
15 Mixed methods research
16 Critical evaluation of research
17 Evidence-based nursing and practice development
18 Changing practice through research

Section 3: Conducting primary research

19 Writing proposals and grant applications
20 Managing a research project
21 Writing and presenting research for dissemination

This 4th edition has a step by step approach to learning for the student. The chapters knowledge builds from the beginning to the end. Chapters are short and to the point making knowledge acquisition easy.

This book consists of many strong points that increases the nurses knowledge about research process and design is mandatory in today’s health care arena. With the importance of nursing research on the rise this book explains the process from start to finish using language that is easy to follow for the novice researcher. There are many interesting teaching techniques that makes this book easy to guide through the learning process of research.

Learning activities at the end of every chapter for self-testing, Tutorial triggers, Evidence-based practice tips and Key points offer quick-reference summaries of vital content that make the learning uncomplicated and straightforward.

Increased Australian and New Zealand context and research examples makes this book easily identified to the local based nurse practicing here. The language used in this book is Australasian regional based and makes it clear-cut.

The reader is encouraged though reading this work that research is not beyond the registered nurse or midwife. It will encouraged the reader to think about research opportunities in their clinical practice area. It certain helps in the understand of research in journal articles.

This book is great for the novice researcher but once that you are beyond that and have a greater understanding of research, this book is not going to improve your knowledge research or develop your skills. The books layout is disjointed in some parts and not as free flowing as it could be by explaining the process from start to finish.

Recommended readership
This book is for the nursing students that are starting out in their journey of research. This would be a great book for emergency nurses doing a masters program. This is also for the nurse that is contemplating doing work based research but does not know where to start. It can also be for the nurses just wishing to revise their skills in research.

Overall rating
This book is very easy to understand and follow. It is a good reference when it comes to planning a research project. The skills learnt here are invaluable to the nurse learning about research for the first time.