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Nursing Literature Reviews: A Reflection

Lipscomb, Martin ORCID: (2019) Nursing Literature Reviews: A Reflection. Routledge, London. ISBN Paperback: 9780415792714 Hardback: 9780415792707 ebook: 9781315211442

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Literature reviews are undertaken by students, researchers, clinicians and educationalists – that is, almost all nurses.

Despite much excellent work, exploring the assumptions and practices that constitute searching for and reviewing literature has merit, and prompting those who undertake these activities to think critically about what it is that they are doing should be encouraged. Widely adopted approaches to structuring reviews (the ‘standard model’) can detrimentally limit the scope or range of literature that is accessed and appraised. It is further proposed that a lack of professional ambition or confidence invests aspects of the way some nurses engage with the sources that are available to them. Across the book, parochialism is challenged. The crucial role that values and judgement play in reviews are highlighted. It is argued that humanity and arts texts deserve, potentially, a bigger or more assured place in reviews undertaken by nurses. Difficulties in appraising quantitative and qualitative research reports are identified, and benefits linked with taking a contemplative line through the review process are considered.

This book contributes to debates around evidence-based practice and literature reviews more generally. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in professional issues, research, and the philosophy and sociology of nursing.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: nursing literature reviews, nursing, nursing research, nurse education, professional values, health and social care
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Martin Lipscomb
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2019 12:52
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:28

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