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Action research is a form of research closely linked to practice and can readily be undertaken by practitioners and service users. A Handbook for Action Research in Health and Social Care offers a comprehensive guide to action research as a strategy for inquiry and development in professional contexts with particular reference to health and social care. It features: -- an introduction to the theories behind action research and how these are related to other forms of research-- fully described case studies from social work, nursing, mental health care, community work and service-user research-- a step-by-step study guide.
The theoretical section of the book provides a general definition of action research and compares action research with other forms of social research. It outlines the nature of a 'culture of inquiry' in the workplace and describes the links between action research and service-user research, management, community development, evaluation, reflective practice, feminist research and anti-racist research.
The case studies show the variety of approaches possible in action research in a range of settings, for example: an acute surgical ward; a supported housing scheme for people with mental health problems; a Day Centre for people with profound learning disabilities, and a coronary care unit. They include examples of large and small-scale projects carried out by practitioners, managers and service-users.
The practical study guide covers all stages of the research process from preparing a proposal, gathering and analysing data, to writing a final report. Issues arising fromthe ethics and principles of action research procedure and the links between action research and critical reflection are also explored.
A Handbook for Action Research in Health and Social Care will be particularly useful for individuals or groups wishing to undertake action research on an independent basis, or as the foundation for a tutor-led course.
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