Section 1 Starting your dissertation journey
1 Starting the Journey of Your Final Year Project
2 Introduction to writing your evidence-based practice dissertation/project
3 Clinical effectiveness and evidence-based practice: background and history
4 What is evidence-based practice and clinical effectiveness?
5 The challenges of delivering practice based on best evidence (in primary, secondary and tertiary settings)
Section 2 Sourcing and accessing evidence for your dissertation
6 Sourcing the best evidence
7 What is grey literature and where can it be found?
8 Harvard or Vancouver – getting it right all the time
9 Posing an evidence‐based practice question: Using the PICO and SPICE models
Section 3 Developing your healthcare/evidence-based practice dissertation
10 Managing your time wisely
11 Developing your study skills
12 Getting the most from your personal tutor
Section 4 -Preparing to use research evidence in your dissertation
13 Clinical standards, audit and inspection
14 Understanding quantitative research
15 Understanding qualitative research
16 Using historical literature
Section 5 Critically appraising evidence
17 Selecting and using appraisal tools: How to interrogate research papers
18 Critically reviewing qualitative papers using a CASP critiquing tool
19 Critically reviewing quantitative papers using a CASP critiquing tool
20 Critically reviewing a journal paper using the Parahoo model
Section 6 - Taking your dissertation further: disseminating evidence, knowledge transfer; writing as a professional skill
21 Publishing your dissertation: In a journal or at a conference
22 Reflecting on your dissertation/ project /evidence informed decision-making project/ assignment journey
23 Building the architecture of your dissertation
Section 7 Bonus chapters (Website only)
24 Public Health: writing a Master's level Dissertation
25 Critically reviewing a journal paper using the Rees model
26 Managing a learning difference
27 Research governance in practice
28 Using evidence in practice
How to Write Your Nursing and Healthcare Dissertation provides nursing and healthcare students with authoritative information on developing, writing, and presenting an evidence-based practice healthcare dissertation, project or evidence-informed decision-making assignment. Written by experienced healthcare professionals, this comprehensive textbook offers clear and straightforward guidance on sourcing, accessing, and critically appraising evidence, helping students develop their clinical research and writing skills. The authors address the common difficulties encountered throughout the process of writing a dissertation, project or evidence-informed decision-making assignment, and offer expert tips and practical advice for managing time, developing study skills, interpreting statistics, publishing aspects of the work in a journal or at a conference, and more.
Now in its second edition, this bestselling guide presents relatable and engaging scenarios to illustrate the setting of standards, explore legal and ethical frameworks, examine auditing and benchmarking, and demonstrate how evidence is applied to real-world problems. Covering the entire dissertation, project or evidence-informed decision-making assignment process from a nursing and healthcare perspective, this innovative textbook:
- Helps students develop and appropriately answer a clear dissertation, project or evidence-informed decision-making assignment
- Addresses the fundamental aspects of evidence-based practice in an accessible and readable style
- Features new and updated content on mini dissertations, final assessments, and evidence informed decision-making projects that many healthcare institutions now require
- Presents up-to-date information that meets the needs of new healthcare roles, such as the Nursing Associate and Healthcare Assistant
- Includes access to a companion website containing downloadable information, an unabridged dissertation sample, and links to additional resources
How to Write Your Nursing and Healthcare Dissertation is a must-have guide for nursing and healthcare students, trainees, other healthcare students required to complete an evidence-based practice project, and anyone looking to strengthen their critical appraisal and assignment writing skills.
Alan Glasper is Emeritus Professor of Nursing Studies, University of Southampton, UK. He is also the editor-in-chief of the international journal Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing.
Diane Carpenter is Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, University of Plymouth, UK.