Action research: changing nursing practice

Hegney, D. G. and Francis, K. (2015) Action research: changing nursing practice. Nursing Standard, 29 (40). pp. 36-41. ISSN 0029-6570


This article describes action research as a methodology and gives two examples of its application to nursing and health services research. Action research is cyclical in nature and involves the development, evaluation and redefining of an action plan using four basic steps: planning, action, observation and reflection. These cycles of action continue until the research group is satisfied that its objectives have been met. Data generation and analysis are iterative processes that occur continuously throughout the project, which is usually time-limited. Factors that should be taken into account to ensure success include: engaging the community, consideration of ‘insider’ versus ‘outsider’ perspectives, competing agendas, expectations not being met and the integrity of the research methodology.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 05 May 2016 05:11
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 01:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: action research; change; critical social inquiry; nursing research; participatory action research; research; research methodology
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.7748/ns.29.40.36.e8710

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