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Robust data enables managers to promote good practice

26 November 2012

Nursing Management


This is the third in a series of articles examining the components of good corporate governance. The effective and efficient use of information and sources of...

Non-aversive care of people on the autism spectrum

28 May 2014

Learning Disability Practice

Art & Science

This article considers the challenges involved in supporting a man with autism to develop a valued life in the community, rather than face hospital admission in his...

Survey postal questionnaire: optimising response and dealing with non-response

01 January 2009

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

In any survey, despite researchers’ best efforts in the use of scientific techniques, results can only be drawn and generalised based on the amount of information...

Randomised controlled trials: an introduction for nurse researchers

01 May 2013

Nurse Researcher


Aim To present an overview of the main components of randomised controlled trials and identify issues for consideration during their design and management....

Reliability and validity in research

12 July 2006

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article examines reliability and validity as ways to demonstrate the rigour and trustworthiness of quantitative and qualitative research. The authors discuss...

Rigour in phenomenological research: reflections of a novice nurse researcher

20 April 2012

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

Aim This paper is intended to explore conflicts and doubts that novice researchers face when using phenomenological research methods, especially with regard to...

Quantitative research

01 April 2015

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article describes the basic tenets of quantitative research. The concepts of dependent and independent variables are addressed and the concept of measurement...

The multiple imputation method: a case study involving secondary data analysis

15 May 2015

Nurse Researcher

Data analysis

Aim To illustrate with the example of a secondary data analysis study the use of the multiple imputation method to replace missing data. Background Most large public...

Application of summative content analysis to a postal questionnaire

22 January 2016

Nurse Researcher

Content analysis

Background Content analysis of replies to closed questions in questionnaires can be undertaken to understand remarks that may explain the responses, provide...

Validation of the professional practice environment scale in nurse educators in hospitals

21 March 2016

Nurse Researcher

Instrument development

Aim To report an assessment of the psychometric properties of the Professional Practice Environment (PPE) scale in a sample of Australian nurse educators in acute...