Action Research For Health And Social Care: A Guide to Practice

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* What is action research and how can it best be understood?

* How can practitioners use action research to deal with problems and improve services?

* What are the different types of action research and which
might be most appropriate for use in a particular setting?

This book has been designed for use as a core text on research methods courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level and on professional training courses. It is divided into three parts. Part one traces the history of action research and shows the links between its use in education, community development, management research and nursing. Building on this background the book explores different ways in which action research has been defined and proposes four different types, each appropriate to a different problem situation and context. In part two, five case studies of action research are described from the perspective of the researcher, including case studies of success and instructive failure. Part three is designed to enable the reader to find a route through the maze of methods and approaches in action research by the use of such things as self-assessment and mapping exercises, a guide to diary keeping and to evaluation. The final chapter suggests that by developing a 'project perspective' action research can be of practical benefit to health and social care professionals in promoting service improvements.

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"...has been designed for use as a core text on research methods courses and also on professional courses, for which I think it admirably fulfils its brief." - Journal of Interprofessional Care; "...an essential read for nurses interested in action research." - Journal of Advanced Nursing"

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Elizabeth Hart is a social anthropologist and course director for the MSc in Health Care Policy and Organisation in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery Studies at Nottingham University Medical School.^Meg Bond is an experienced educator and trainer/facilitator who specializes in the personal, interpersonal and group skills that underpin professional development. She is an experienced facilitator of clinical supervision skills courses for nurses in the United Kingdom, having worked on such projects in six NHS Trusts. Before setting up GO education (now called Group and One-to-One Education) in 1989, Meg was the director of the Professional Development Programmer of the Human Potential Resource Group at the University of Surrey. She also worked as a nurse tutor, and her clinical background included public health nursing in the Australian outback, and health visiting and district nursing in the United Kingdom.

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