The Practice of Nursing Research - 7th Edition - ISBN: 9781455707362, 9780323293310

The Practice of Nursing Research

7th Edition

Appraisal, Synthesis, and Generation of Evidence

Authors: Susan Grove Nancy Burns Jennifer Gray
eBook ISBN: 9780323293310
eBook ISBN: 9781455754816
eBook ISBN: 9781455748051
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 29th August 2012
Page Count: 752

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Learn how to properly evaluate and use existing research data and how to conduct your own original research. This authoritative text gives provides a comprehensive foundation for appraisal, synthesis, and generation of research evidence for clinical nursing practice. This new edition also features enhanced coverage of the research methods most applicable to evidence-based practice (outcomes research, intervention research, and translational research), along with a significant increase in the coverage of qualitative research methodologies.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive coverage of nursing research organizes content into five units: Introduction to Nursing Research, Nursing Research Processes, Tools for Evidence-Based Healthcare, Strategies for Analyzing Research and Building an Evidence-Based Practice, and Writing Proposals and Obtaining Funding.
  • Rich and frequent examples from the literature demonstrate the importance and immediacy of research in nursing practice and bring principles to life through the context of actual published studies.
  • Strong coverage of quantitative and other clinically-applicable research methodologies gives you a solid grounding to conduct, appraise, and apply research evidence to the realities of clinical practice in today’s healthcare environment.

Table of Contents

Unit One. Introduction to Nursing Research

1. Discovering the World of Nursing Research

2. Evolution of Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing

3. Introduction to Quantitative Research

4. Introduction to Qualitative Research

Unit Two. The Research Process

5. Research Problem and Purpose

6. Review of Relevant Literature

7. Frameworks

8. Objectives, Questions, Hypotheses, and Study Variables

9. Ethics in Research

10. Understanding Quantitative Research Design

11. Selecting a Quantitative Research Design

12. Qualitative Research Methodology

13. Outcomes Research

14. Intervention-Based Research

15. Sampling

16. Measurement Concepts

17. Measurement Methods Used in Developing Evidence for Practice

Unit Three. Putting It All Together for Evidence-Based Health Care

18. Critical Appraisal of Nursing Studies

19. Evidence Synthesis and Strategies for Evidence-Based Practice

Unit Four: Analyzing Data, Determining Outcomes, and Disseminating Research

 20. Collecting and Managing Data

21. Introduction to Statistical Analysis

22. Using Statistics to Describe Variables

23. Using Statistics to Examine Relationships

24. Using Statistics to Predict

25. Using Statistics to Determine Differences

26. Interpreting Research Outcomes

27. Disseminating Research Findings

Unit Five. Proposing and Seeking Funding for Research

28. Writing Research Proposals

29. Seeking Funding for Research



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About the Author

Susan Grove

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, College of Nursing, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas; Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Practice, Grand Prairie, Texas

Nancy Burns

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, College of Nursing, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas; Faith Community Nurse, St. Matthew Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Burleson, Texas

Jennifer Gray

Affiliations and Expertise

George W. and Hazel M. Jay Professor, College of Nursing; Associate Dean and Chair, Department of MSN Administration, Education, and PhD Programs, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas


"This classic research text has been updated for nursing students and those in nursing practice. Though a substantial book, it is easy to dip in and out of, covering a wide range of topics from the research process and analysing data to sampling and seeking funding.This new edition places great emphasis on researchers generating  evidence and appraising existing evidence for its application to practice...The book moves with ease from the introduction to more in-depth subject matter. Research jargon and terminology are explained clearly and the comprehensive glossary is second to none. In this new edition, there is greater emphasis on evidence-based practice at all levels of nursing, and on making the point that an understanding of research is paramount for all nurses whatever their role."

Nursing Standard, April 2013

"This is the seventh edition of this excellent textbook. It is a thorough and practical text, which introduces the reader to the world of nursing research and then leads them through the research process in detail...The internet link gives access to a quiz, activities, and sample research proposals, which are particularly useful and a welcome added extra...this book could be read by people from any medical discipline in order to understand the workings of research. It would be particularly recommended to research nurses, student nurses and existing or potential nurse researchers."

Nursing Times, April 2013