Action Research for Health and Social Care: A Guide to Practice

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Open University Press, 1995 - Health & Fitness - 244 pages
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* What is action research and how can it best be understood?

* How can practitioners use action research to deal with problems and improve services?

* What are the different types of action research and which
might be most appropriate for use in a particular setting?

This book has been designed for use as a core text on research methods courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level and on professional training courses. It is divided into three parts. Part one traces the history of action research and shows the links between its use in education, community development, management research and nursing. Building on this background the book explores different ways in which action research has been defined and proposes four different types, each appropriate to a different problem situation and context. In part two, five case studies of action research are described from the perspective of the researcher, including case studies of success and instructive failure. Part three is designed to enable the reader to find a route through the maze of methods and approaches in action research by the use of such things as self-assessment and mapping exercises, a guide to diary keeping and to evaluation. The final chapter suggests that by developing a 'project perspective' action research can be of practical benefit to health and social care professionals in promoting service improvements.

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Elizabeth Hart has been a multifaceted performer her entire life. She began performing on television and stage when she was a child and has carried her passion for entertaining into adulthood.

Meg Bond is an experienced educator and trainer/facilitator who specializes in the personal, interpersonal and group skills that underpin professional development. She is an experienced facilitator of clinical supervision skills courses for nurses in the United Kingdom, having worked on such projects in six NHS Trusts. Before setting up GO education (now called Group and One-to-One Education) in 1989, Meg was the director of the Professional Development Programme of the Human Potential Resource Group at the University of Surrey. She also worked as a nurse tutor, and her clinical background included public health nursing in the Australian outback, and health visiting and district nursing in the United Kingdom.

Stevie Holland works predominantly as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. She is also a supervisor for senior clinicians and managers in the health service. She teaches and runs experiential workshops in the NHS with voluntary and parenting organizations and psychotherapy training organisations.
Prior to this, after working as a health visitor, she was Senior Lecturer at the Distance Learning Centre of South Bank University for 6 years. She cofounded GO education with Meg, running workshops for 10 years for trusts and professional bodies all over the United Kingdom. She is now an associate of the new Group and One-to-One Education consultancy.

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