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Type: Journal article
Title: Action research: changing nursing practice
Author: Hegney, D.
Francis, K.
Citation: Nursing Standard, 2015; 29(40):36-41
Publisher: RCN Publishing
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 0029-6570
2047-9018
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Hegney DG, Francis K
Abstract: This article describes action research as a methodology and gives two examples of its application to nursing and health services research. Action research is cyclical in nature and involves the development, evaluation and redefining of an action plan using four basic steps: planning, action, observation and reflection. These cycles of action continue until the research group is satisfied that its objectives have been met. Data generation and analysis are iterative processes that occur continuously throughout the project, which is usually time-limited. Factors that should be taken into account to ensure success include: engaging the community, consideration of 'insider' versus 'outsider' perspectives, competing agendas, expectations not being met and the integrity of the research methodology.
Keywords: Action research; change; critical social inquiry; nursing research; participatory action research; research; research methodology
Rights: Copyright © 2015 RCNi Ltd. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0030039145
DOI: 10.7748/ns.29.40.36.e8710
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