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Planning a research project

11 March 2015

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

The planning stage of any research project is one of the most important stages in the research process. This article offers insight into the important issues a...

Stages in the research process

04 March 2015

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Research should be conducted in a systematic manner, allowing the researcher to progress from a general idea or clinical problem to scientifically rigorous research...

Older adults’ participation in research

01 July 2007

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

Research with older adults involves unique challenges, says US-based researcher Cynthia S Jacelon, but it offers benefits to both researcher and subjects, providing...

Open AccessOC26 – Parents of young children in research: informants, consultants and collaborators

09 May 2016

Nursing Children and Young People


Theme: Ethical issues: dignity and humanity. Introduction: Patient and public involvement in research is recognised as best practice in the UK, as services developed...

How helpful are mnemonics in the development of a research question?

18 December 2017

Nurse Researcher

Evidence & practice

Background The formulation of a research question is a vital first step in the research process and the significance of this is well reported in the literature; a...

Demystifying nursing research terminology. Part 1

15 July 2011

Nurse Researcher


Aim This article aims to provide clear explanations of the research approaches available for nursing research. Background There are numerous research approaches...

Understanding the research process in nursing

13 September 2006

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article provides an overview of the research process in nursing, outlining a logical and structured approach to answering research questions. Illustrations from...

Using naturalistic inquiry to inform qualitative description

29 April 2021

Nurse Researcher

Qualitative research

Background Choosing how to answer a research question requires an understanding of philosophical and theoretical assumptions and how these inform a study’s...

Mixed methods research

08 April 2015

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Mixed methods research involves the use of qualitative and quantitative data in a single research project. It represents an alternative methodological approach,...

Evidence-based practice: is patient satisfaction evidence?

26 August 1998

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Patient satisfaction is a popular way of evaluating nursing practice, but there are doubts about its reliability and validity. This article describes a study which...