DISCLAIMER: This book was gifted to me to review. I have previously reviewed another book from the same publishers, which you can see here.
I was excited to read and review this textbook as I have a big interest in research and love to be able to recommend textbooks to other students taking a research module. The book itself is intended to be a lead-in to research, and is part of a new series of books called Essentials.
The book has two sections, part one discusses research and how to understand it. Part two talks about evidence-based practice and why it is essential to healthcare today.
In part one, the chapters include identifying a research aim, how to design a study, data collection and data analysis. These things should all feature heavily in any research assignment and this book explains them in a way that is easy to read and understand. Common research terminology is highlighted in bold, which corresponds with a glossary at the back of the book. The definitions are clear and concise, providing enough information for the reader to be able to understand and apply the terminology to relevant areas within their assignments.
In part two, the chapters include how to review evidence and then apply this to practice. The book ends with a chapter where the authors attempt to make their own predictions about the future of health and social care, I found this chapter really interesting and thought-provoking. It is also a chapter that you could use for some critical analysis within your assignments.
I would definitely recommend this book to any student starting a research module or even to refresh your memories ready for your dissertations/literature reviews. The content included is everything I would want to know as a student starting a research module. The glossary at the back is great for understanding the research terminology, which can often feel like a brand new language when you first start reading research papers. There are also handy references which you can use to do further reading and enhance your critical discussion within your assignments.
The book lives up to its intention to act as a lead-in to the research topic and has a clear and concise style throughout, whilst explaining things in the amount of detail needed to fully understand them. A must read for any nursing or health and social care student!