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Practitioner Research for Social Work, Nursing, and the Health Professions

Payam Sheikhattari, Michael T. Wright, Gillian B. Silver, Cyrilla van der Donk, and Bas van Lanen

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An invaluable tool for health and social work students and professionals who want to improve their practice through collaborative research with patients, clients, and colleagues.

Throughout history, some of the most prominent contributors to health and social sciences have been men and women comfortable with both practice and academia. But today, research in health-related fields is increasingly conducted in specialized settings by people who are first and foremost researchers. Critics bemoan this loss of practice-based research, long considered a vital part of the contribution that doctors…

An invaluable tool for health and social work students and professionals who want to improve their practice through collaborative research with patients, clients, and colleagues.

Throughout history, some of the most prominent contributors to health and social sciences have been men and women comfortable with both practice and academia. But today, research in health-related fields is increasingly conducted in specialized settings by people who are first and foremost researchers. Critics bemoan this loss of practice-based research, long considered a vital part of the contribution that doctors, nurses, public health workers, and social workers can make both to their field and the communities in which they work. Unfortunately, the explosion of new discoveries in health-related fields, along with the exponential increase in the amount of knowledge being produced and the growing demands of practice, have caused both the production and application of knowledge to become highly specialized and increasingly complex. This has resulted in a widening gap between research and practice.

Recognizing the need for a guide to this type of research, Practitioner Research for Social Work, Nursing, and the Health Professions is a thoroughly reimagined version of a book originally published in 2011 in the Netherlands. Aimed at American practitioners, it is a highly practical guide for anyone in social work, nursing, and other health care and social welfare settings. Its seven-step Practitioner Research Method offers readers a tried-and-true approach to conducting research in their own work environments, and the authors use real-world examples to highlight strategies for overcoming barriers and incorporating research.

While leading practitioners through each stage of the research process, the authors explain in detail how to apply a variety of field-tested tools and techniques. A unique and indispensable resource for students in undergraduate and graduate research courses, as well as for seasoned professionals who seek a practical guide for developing and implementing their own research projects in social work, nursing, and the health professions, this book is also the first textbook to introduce the concept and practice of practitioner research to an American audience.

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This extremely useful book breaks down the tasks needed to think about and accomplish practice research into steps that both students and seasoned practitioners can easily grasp. A thorough and user-friendly explanation of the research process.

A great resource for professionals in several fields, this book will be an especially important tool for those who are interested in research more from a practitioner perspective.

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10
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288
ISBN
9781421442051
Illustration Description
22 line drawings
Table of Contents

Preface
1. An Introduction to Practitioner Research
2. Orientation
3. Focusing
4. Planning
5. Data Collection
6. Analysis and Conclusion
7. Design and Innovation
8. Documentation and Presentation
Appendix

Preface
1. An Introduction to Practitioner Research
2. Orientation
3. Focusing
4. Planning
5. Data Collection
6. Analysis and Conclusion
7. Design and Innovation
8. Documentation and Presentation
Appendix. Using Sources
Index

Author Bios
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Payam Sheikhattari

Payam Sheikhattari (ELLICOTT CITY, MD) is a professor of public health and the director of the Prevention Sciences Research Center at Morgan State University.
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Michael T. Wright

Michael T. Wright (MILFORD, PA) is a professor for research methods at the Catholic University of Applied Social Sciences Berlin and the leader of PartKommPlus.
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Gillian B. Silver

Gillian B. Silver (BALTIMORE, MD) is the associate director for administration at both the ASCEND Center for Biomedical Research and the Center for Urban Health Disparities Research and Innovation at Morgan State University.
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Cyrilla van der Donk

Cyrilla van der Donk (NIJMEGEN, NETHERLANDS) is a researcher and lecturer for practitioner research at HAN University of Applied Sciences Nijmegen.
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Bas van Lanen

Bas van Lanen (NIJMEGEN, NETHERLANDS) is a researcher and lecturer for research methods and practice development in the Master's of Social Work program at HAN University of Applied Sciences Nijmegen and also a school vice principal in primary education.