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Using and doing research

This guide has been developed by members of the RCN Research Society for those new to, or returning to research. It focuses on using and doing research. Use this guide to find information resources including books, journal articles and reports.

Last updated: 12/08/2021

Key Resources

O'Cathain A, Croot L, Duncan E, Rousseau N, Sworn K, Yardley L, and Hoddinott P (2019) Guidance on how to develop complex interventions to improve health and healthcare, BMJ Open, 9(8) pp. 1-9.
Craig P, Dieppe P, Macintyre S, Michie S, Nazareth I, and Petticrew M (2019) Developing and evaluating complex interventions: updated guidance, Swindon: Medical Research Council.
EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) Network
  • Reporting guidance for health research: this contains a comprehensive searchable database of reporting guidelines and also links to other resources relevant to research reporting.
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World Health Organization (2017) Facilitating evidence-based practice in nursing and midwifery in the WHO European Region. Copenhagen: WHO.
RCN international nursing research conference and exhibition 2019: conference abstracts
  • Conference held 3 - 5 September 2019, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
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RCN Research and Innovation resources
  • The RCN is committed to nurses, midwives, HCAs and APs using knowledge and innovation to transform patient care. This section includes information and resources for those looking to use or develop research to enhance their practice, including links to research funding and training opportunities.
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Steinberg Collection of Nursing Research
  • The aim of the Steinberg Collection is to establish and maintain a comprehensive central reference collection of nursing theses at doctoral level.
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RCN: Quality improvement
Health Research Agency (HRA)
  • The HRA was established in December 2011 to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research, and to streamline the regulation of research. It also covers current health guidance on research ethics and informed consent.
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Northway R, Howarth J and Evans L (2015) Participatory research, people with intellectual disabilities and ethical approval: making reasonable adjustments to enable participation, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24 (3-4), pp. 573-581.

Books

Aveyard Aveyard H, Sharp P and Woolliams M (2015) A beginner’s guide to critical thinking and writing in health and social care (2nd edition), Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Aveyard H and Sharp P (2017) A beginner’s guide to evidence-based practice in health and social care (3rd edition), Maidenhead: Open University Press. Aveyard H and Sharp P (2017) A beginner’s guide to evidence-based practice in health and social care (3rd edition), Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Aveyard H (2019) Doing a literature review in health and social care: a practical guide (4th edition), London: Open University Press. Aveyard H (2019) Doing a literature review in health and social care: a practical guide (4th edition), London: Open University Press.
Grove S and Cipher D (2020) Statistics for nursing research: a workbook for evidence-based practice. 3rd edn. St Louis, Missouri: Elsevier. Grove S and Cipher D (2020) Statistics for nursing research: a workbook for evidence-based practice. 3rd edn. St Louis, Missouri: Elsevier.
Linsley P, Kane R and Barker J (2019) Evidence-based practice for nurses and healthcare professionals. 4th edn. Los Angeles: Sage. Linsley P, Kane R and Barker J (2019) Evidence-based practice for nurses and healthcare professionals. 4th edn. Los Angeles: Sage.
McCormack B and McCance T (2016) Person-centred practice in nursing and health care: theory and practice. 2nd edn. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. McCormack B and McCance T (2016) Person-centred practice in nursing and health care: theory and practice. 2nd edn. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
 Moule P (2021) Making sense of research in nursing, health and social care. 7th edn, Los Angeles: Sage. Moule P (2021) Making sense of research in nursing, health and social care. 7th edn, Los Angeles: Sage.
Tashakkori A, Johnson B and Teddlie C (2021) Foundations of mixed methods research: integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches in the social and behavioral sciences. 2nd edn. Los Angeles: Sage. Tashakkori A, Johnson B and Teddlie C (2021) Foundations of mixed methods research: integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches in the social and behavioral sciences. 2nd edn. Los Angeles: Sage.
Gerrish K, and Lathlean J (2015) The research process in nursing (7th edition), Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. Gerrish K, and Lathlean J (2015) The research process in nursing (7th edition), Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Greenhalgh T (2019) How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine and healthcare (6th edition), Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons. Greenhalgh T (2019) How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine and healthcare (6th edition), Hoboken: John Wiley and Sons.
Harvey implementing Harvey G and Kitson A (2015) Implementing evidence-based practice in healthcare: a facilitation guide, Abingdon: Routledge.
Jolley J (2020) Introducing research and evidence-based practice for nursing and healthcare professionals. 3rd edn, London: Taylor & Francis. Jolley J (2020) Introducing research and evidence-based practice for nursing and healthcare professionals. 3rd edn, London: Taylor & Francis.
Lobiondo-Wood G and Haber J (2018) Nursing research: methods and critical appraisal for evidence-based practice (9th edition), St Louis, Mo: Elsevier Lobiondo-Wood G and Haber J (2018) Nursing research: methods and critical appraisal for evidence-based practice (9th edition), St Louis, Mo: Elsevier.
Rycroft-Malone  Models Rycroft-Malone J, Bucknall T and Pearson A (2010) Models and frameworks for implementing evidence-based practice: linking evidence to action, Somerset: Wiley.
Salkind Statistics Salkind N (2016) Statistics for people who (think they) hate statistics (6th edition), Los Angeles: Sage. 

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