The Handbook of Midwifery Research

  • ID: 2222760
  • Book
  • 238 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Research is a fundamental part of midwifery practice. However, not everyone finds it easy to understand the basic principles, and particularly the language of research. This accessible pocket–guide enables student midwives to firstly understand how to search and make sense of research evidence, how to write a research proposal and finally how to undertake a research study.

This handbook specifically focuses on the needs of student midwives and will help increase the knowledge and understanding of midwifery research, and enable students to undertake research with confidence. With case studies, learning objectives, and clear examples throughout, this is an essential purchase for any student beginning research, this guide will enable students to apply research to their own practice.

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Foreword, ixSoo Downe

Preface, xi

About the book, xiii

About the authors, xv

Acknowledgements, xvii

Part I Understanding research

Chapter 1 Introduction to midwifery research, 3

Introducing research, 3

Types of research knowledge, 5

Audit and research, 7

Introducing qualitative research, 12

Introducing quantitative research, 22

The importance of evidence–based practice, 32

Summary, 39

Chapter 2 Finding the evidence, 40

Introduction to fi nding evidence, 40

Literature searching, 41

Literature review, 41

Sources of evidence, 44

Using a search strategy, 47

Structured review, 48

Systematic review, 50

Summary, 52

Chapter 3 Making sense of the evidence, 54

Introduction to critiquing research evidence, 54

Critiquing qualitative research, 55

Critiquing quantitative research, 59

Hierarchy of evidence, 61

Differences between qualitative and quantitative research, 66

Summary, 70

Part II Undertaking research

Chapter 4 Data collection techniques, 73

Introduction to data collection, 73

Qualitative data collection techniques, 75

Undertaking a research interview, 83

Quantitative data collection techniques, 90

Questionnaires, 93

Summary, 100

Chapter 5 Ethics and research governance, 102

Introduction, 102

Introducing ethics and research, 103

History of ethics and research, 103

Principles of ethics, 107

Research governance, 110

Ethical issues relating to midwifery research, 112

Gaining ethical approval, 114

Summary, 117

Chapter 6 Data analysis, 119

Introduction to data analysis, 119

Qualitative data analysis, 120

Quantitative data analysis methods, 125

A basic understanding of statistics, 133

Summary, 147

Chapter 7 Research dissemination, 149

Introduction, 149

The dissertation, 149

Research degree proposals, 153

Writing skills, 156

Getting your work published, 159

Impact of publications, 164

Presenting a conference paper, 165

Useful resources, 166

Becoming a researcher, 167

Summary, 168

Appendix A, 170

Appendix B, 176

Appendix C, 177

Appendix D, 193

Glossary, 196

References, 202

Index, 216

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