The Research Process in Nursing by Kate GerrishThe Research Process in Nursing by Kate Gerrish

The Research Process in Nursing

byKate Gerrish, Anne Lacey

Paperback | April 26, 2010

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‘The perfect text for any health care professional who wishes to gain a sound understanding of research…This text succeeds where others fail in terms of the thoroughness of the research process and the accessible style in which the material is presented. In an age when nursing and health care research is going from strength to strength this book offers those in the world of academia and practice an excellent and essential 'bible' that is a must on any bookshelf’
Dr Aisha Holloway, Lecturer Adult Health, Division of Nursing, The University of Nottingham

‘a book that helps you each step of the way. A very understandable and enjoyable publication’
Accident and Emergency Nursing Journal

‘key reference resource that students of research can use at various levels of study. It is comprehensive, user friendly and very easy to read and make sense of’
Gillian E Lang, Amazon reviewer

The sixth edition of this book reflects significant developments in nursing research in recent years, ensuring the reader is provided with the very latest information on research processes and methods. It continues to explore how to undertake research as well as evaluating and using research findings in clinical practice, in a way that is suitable for both novice researchers and those with more experience.

Divided into six sections, the chapters are ordered in a logical fashion that also allows the reader to dip in and out. The first two sections of the book provide a comprehensive background to research in nursing. The third section presents a variety of qualitative and quantitative approaches,  both new and well-established. The final three sections then look at collecting and making sense of the resulting data and putting the research findings into clinical practice.

  • Summarises key points at the start of each chapter to guide you through
  • Includes contributions from a wide range of experts in the field
  • Accessible but doesn’t shrink away from complex debates and technical issues

New to this edition:

  • Accompanying website (
  • Ten completely new chapters including Narrative Research, Mixed Methods and Using Research in Clinical Practice
  • ‘Research Example’ boxes from a wide variety of research types
Kate Gerrish is Professor of Nursing, Sheffield Hallam University / Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Anne Lacey is currently working with a mission agency as Diocesan Health Coordinator in Northern Uganda. She was formerly Senior Research Fellow, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield
Title:The Research Process in NursingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:566 pages, 9.5 × 7.4 × 1.12 inPublished:April 26, 2010Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1405190485

ISBN - 13:9781405190480

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Table of Contents



Section 1 Setting the Scene

Chapter 1 Research and Development in Nursing (Kate Gerrish and Anne Lacey).

Chapter 2 The Research Process (Anne Lacey).

Chapter 3 Research Ethics (Martin Johnson and Tony Long).

Chapter 4 User Involvement in Research (Gordon Grant and Paul Ramcharan).

Chapter 5 Research for a Multi-ethnic Society (Sarah Salway and George Ellison).

Section 2 Preparing the Ground

Chapter 6 Finding the Evidence (Claire Beecroft, Andrew Booth and Angie Rees).

Chapter 7 Critical Appraisal of the Evidence (Angie Rees, Claire Beecroft and Andrew Booth).

Chapter 8 Preparing a Research Proposal (Julie Taylor).

Chapter 9 Planning and Managing a Research Project (Carol Haigh).

Chapter 10 Gaining Access to the Research Site (Leslie Gelling).

Section 3 Choosing the Right Approach

Chapter 11 The Quantitative–Qualitative Continuum (Annie Topping).

Chapter 12 Sampling (Susan Procter, Teresa Allan and Anne Lacey).

Chapter 13 Grounded Theory (Immy Holloway and Les Todres).

Chapter 14 Ethnography 165 (Immy Holloway and Les Todres).

Chapter 15 Phenomenological Research (Les Todres and Immy Holloway).

Chapter 16 Narrative Research (Dawn Freshwater and Immy Holloway).

Chapter 17 Experimental Research (Andrea Nelson, Jo Dumville and David Torgerson).

Chapter 18 Surveys (Hugh McKenna, Felicity Hasson and Sinead Keeney).

Chapter 19 The Delphi Technique (Sinead Keeney).

Chapter 20 Case Study Research (Charlotte L Clarke and Jan Reed).

Chapter 21 Evaluation Research (Colin Robson).

Chapter 22 Action Research (Julienne Meyer)

Chapter 23 Practitioner Research (Jan Reed).

Chapter 24 Systematic Reviews and Evidence Syntheses (Andrew Booth, Angie Rees and Claire Beecroft).

Chapter 25 Realist Synthesis (Jo Rycroft-Malone, Brendan McCormack, Kara DeCorby and Alison Hutchinson).

Chapter 26 Historical Research (Anne Marie Rafferty and Rosemary Wall).

Chapter 27 Mixed Methods (Lucy Simons and Judith Lathlean).

Chapter 28 Interviewing (Angela Tod).

Chapter 29 Focus Groups (Claire Goodman and Catherine Evans).

Chapter 30 Questionnaire Design (Martyn Jones and Janice Rattray).

Chapter 31 Observation (Hazel Watson, Jo Booth and Rosemary Whyte).

Chapter 32 Think Aloud Technique (Tracey Bucknall and Leanne M Aitken).

Chapter 33 Outcome Measures (Peter Griffiths).

Section 5 Making Sense of the Data

Chapter 34 Qualitative Analysis (Judith Lathlean).

Chapter 35 Descriptive Analysis of Quantitative Data (Stephen Walters and Jenny Freeman).

Chapter 36 Examining Relationships in Quantitative Data (Jenny Freeman and Stephen Walters).

Section 6 Putting Research into Practice

Chapter 37 Disseminating Research Findings (Kate Gerrish and Anne Lacey).

Chapter 38 Evidence-based Practice (Kate Gerrish).

Chapter 39 Translating Research Findings into Practice (Kate Gerrish).

Chapter 40 The Future of Nursing Research (Ann McMahon).