Nursing and Midwifery Research - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780729541374, 9780729581370

Nursing and Midwifery Research

4th Edition

Methods and Appraisal for Evidence Based Practice

Authors: Dean Whitehead Geri LoBiondo-Wood Judith Haber
eBook ISBN: 9780729581370
eBook ISBN: 9780729583190
Imprint: Mosby Australia
Published Date: 30th October 2012
Page Count: 432

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A new edition of this unique nursing text helps Australian and New Zealand student nurses and midwives understand, apply and conduct research then publish their findings.

Nursing and Midwifery Research: Methods and appraisal for evidence-based practice is the only local nursing and midwifery research textbook to span undergraduate and postgraduate research requirements.

Now in its fourth edition, the textbook continues to help nursing and midwifery students understand research data and processes, apply research findings in practice, conduct their own research and publish their findings.

Each edition of this highly regarded text has delivered an ever-stronger wealth of research examples within the context of Australia and New Zealand. This fourth edition is the most impressive yet, providing a solid research process-driven approach, with comprehensive coverage of research methodologies.

Nursing and Midwifery Research: Methods and appraisal for evidence-based practice, 4e has been significantly updated. It focuses on developing students’ skills and confidence in critically searching for and appraising research literature and, importantly, using their research findings to inform their patient and client care.

Student learning tools include tutorial trigger boxes, evidence-based practice tips and multiple choice questions, and Elsevier’s Evolve platform offers a range of online content to enhance the book’s content.

Key Features

  • Learning activities at the end of every chapter for self-testing
  • Tutorial triggers suggest questions for discussion
  • Research in brief boxes provide a summary of key research articles
  • Points to Ponder with crucial clinical issues for further thought
  • Evidence-based practice tips
  • Key points offer quick-reference summaries of vital content

Evolve resources:

  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Research articles and questions
  • Answers to tutorial triggers and learning activities
  • True/False questions and answers
  • Web links

Table of Contents





US Contributors



Section One Research awareness

Chapter 1 The significance of nursing and midwifery research 3 Zevia Schneider

Background to evidence-based nursing and evidence-based midwifery

Research awareness and consumerism — how this book accommodates these

What is evidence?

Linking theory, education and practice to nursing research

International and Australasian nursing research — a brief history

Professional organisations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region

International, Australian and New Zealand journals

Educational preparation for conducting research

Clinical programs of research

Promoting nursing and midwifery research

Other important factors in facilitating effective nursing and midwifery research

Collaborative research teams

Clinical governance and clinical audit

Future directions for nursing and midwifery research


Chapter 2 An overview of research theory and process Dean Whitehead

Research theories, philosophies and paradigms

Choosing a paradigm

Theoretical and conceptual frameworks

Research process and research design


Chapter 3 Searching and reviewing the research literature Dean Whitehead

Types of research literature resources

Conducting a search of the research literature

Reviewing the research literature


Chapter 4 Identifying research ideas, questions, statements and hypotheses Zevia Schneider and Dean Whitehead

Developing and refining a research idea

Defining a specific c problem area

The significance of research problem statements to nursing or midwifery

Reviewing relevant literature

Operational definition

Hypothesis testing


Chapter 5 Ethical and legal issues in research Martin Woods and Zevia Schneider

Ethical and legal considerations in research: an historical perspective


Section Two Research appreciation and application

Chapter 6 Common qualitative methods Dean Whitehead

Why is qualitative research useful?

The main approaches to qualitative research

‘Traditional’ approaches to qualitative research

Grounded theory


Other ‘common’ qualitative methods

Keeping up with qualitative developments


Chapter 7 Sampling data and data collection in qualitative research Violeta Lopez and Dean Whitehead

Sampling techniques and procedures in qualitative research

Data collection in qualitative research

When have enough data been collected?


Chapter 8 Analysing data in qualitative research Thomas Harding and Dean Whitehead

Key issues regarding analysis of qualitative data

Conducting qualitative analysis: general principles

Managing data analysis

Writing up data analysis

Styles of data analysis

Other styles of analysing qualitative data

Qualitative meta-synthesis


Reporting and disseminating qualitative data findings


Chapter 9 Common quantitative methods Linda Shields and Roger Watson

Concepts underpinning quantitative research

Observational designs

Quasi-experimental designs

Experimental designs

Randomised controlled trials


Chapter 10 Sampling data in quantitative research Zevia Schneider and Murray Fisher

Sampling concepts


Chapter 11 Quantitative data collection and study validity Sonya Osborne and Zevia Schneider

Measuring a variable of interest

Conceptual and operational definitions

Types of data collection

Study validity


Chapter 12 Assessing measuring instruments Brigid Gillespie and Wendy Chaboyer

Measurement error

Performance characteristics of an instrument

Establishing evidence about the content of a measure

Establishing evidence of relationships between the measure and other variables


Developing a measuring instrument

Assessing instruments


Chapter 13 Analysing data in quantitative research Murray Fisher and Zevia Schneider

Descriptive statistics

Levels of measurement

Normal distribution

Inferential statistics

Probability and the level of significance


Structural equation modelling techniques


Chapter 14 Mixed-methods research Dean Whitehead and Zevia Schneider

What is mixed-methods research?

Methodological triangulation/pluralism

The value of mixed-methods research

Limitations associated with mixed-methods research

Action research

Delphi technique

Case study approach

Q methodology


Chapter 15 Critically reviewing research studies Zevia Schneider

Critical reading

Critical review of qualitative research studies

Critical review of quantitative research studies


Chapter 16 Applying research knowledge: evidence-based practice, practice development and knowledge translation Bridie Kent and Brendan McCormack

Why change practice?

Different approaches to practice change

Being informed by evidence

Important factors for evidence implementation

Knowledge translation in practice


Section Three Conducting primary research

Chapter 17 Writing proposals and grant applications Zevia Schneider

What is a research proposal?

Planning a project

Writing a proposal

Ethical considerations

Dissemination of findings


Submitting a proposal for review

Research committee review and HREC review

Funding sources


Chapter 18 Managing a research project Ruth Endacott and Dean Whitehead

Becoming involved in a research team

Managing a research team

Managing research participants

Managing the study data

Managing the budget

Managing a multi-national project

Trials registries

Writing project reports and publications

Completing the study


Chapter 19 Writing and presenting research findings for dissemination Dean Whitehead and Zevia Schneider

The importance of disseminating research findings: ‘publish or perish’

Barriers to publishing

Overcoming the barriers towards publication

The process and structure of writing for peer-reviewed publication

Other forums for research dissemination





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About the Author

Dean Whitehead

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Flinders University

Geri LoBiondo-Wood

Geri LoBiondo-Wood, PhD, RN, FAAN

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Director of PhD Nursing Program, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing, Nursing Systems and Technology, Houston, Texas

Judith Haber

Judith Haber, PhD, RN, FAAN

Affiliations and Expertise

The Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing, Rory Meyers College of Nursing, New York University, New York, New York