A Handbook for Action Research in Health and Social Care


Can research have an immediate practical benefit in the place where it is undertaken?

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

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Yan Weaver
  • Vicky Nicholls
  • Noreen Kennedy
  • Fergal Searson
  • Philip Kemp
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2001


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