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The Handbook of Midwifery Research

Mary Steen, Taniya Roberts

ISBN: 978-1-118-77340-6 June 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 240 Pages


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 handbook enables midwives and 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.

The Handbook of Midwifery Research specifically focuses on the needs of midwives and students and helps increase the knowledge and understanding of midwifery research, enabling the reader to undertake research with confidence. With case studies, learning objectives and clear examples throughout, this is an essential purchase for any midwife or student wanting to understand or undertake research. This handbook includes useful tools and techniques to assist midwives and students to keep themselves up-to-date with the best available evidence, enabling them to apply this evidence to their own clinical practice.

  • An essential resource for midwifery students as well as qualified midwives
  • Clear, straightforward, and accessible in style
  • Provides midwives and students with the skills to undertake research with confidence
  • Provides examples throughout to apply research to midwifery practice
  • Includes a glossary of research terms
Foreword, ix
Soo 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

"This book is clear, concise and well-referenced." (Nursing Standard, 7 March 2012)

"I found this book instantly likeable. It is easy to locate the required information, the content overall is excellent, and it outweighs its competitors by far. It is reasonably priced, and I most definitely highly recommend it." (The Royal College Of Midwives, 18 January 2012)

"This practical handbook of midwifery research is clear, concise, informative and very user-friendly ... It is reasonably priced, and I most definitely highly recommend it." (Midwives, 1 November 2011)

"The volume includes accessible examples throughout and a glossary of research terms." (Booknews, 1 June 2011)