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Action research: Changing nursing practice

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posted on 19.10.2018, 00:00 authored by Desley Hegney, K Francis
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.

History

Volume

29

Issue

40

Start Page

36

End Page

41

Number of Pages

6

eISSN

2047-9018

ISSN

0029-6570

Publisher

RCN Publishing

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

03/03/2014

External Author Affiliations

University of Southern Queensland; e University of Adelaide; Australian Catholic University

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Nursing Standard