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Nursing Research Using Participatory Action Research: Qualitative Designs and Methods in Nursing

by Mary De Chesnay Springer Publishing Company
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Participatory Action Research is a qualitative research method conducted in collaboration with a community of people in order to effect changes in the community that are relevant to the residents. This is a practical, "how-to" resource to conducting Participatory Action Research that guides readers, step-by-step, through planning, conducting, and disseminating nursing research using this qualitative design. It is part of a unique series of seven books devoted to nursing research using qualitative designs and methods. Examples from actual research along with author commentary illustrate potential pitfalls and challenges that may occur during the process and how to resolve them.

Written by a leading scholar of nursing research and nurse experts in Participatory Action Research, the book describes its philosophical underpinnings, state-of-the-art techniques, and provides a concrete roadmap for planning and conducting studies. It considers why this particular research method is best suited for a particular study, ethical considerations, and potential obstacles. The book also discusses how to ensure rigor during a study, providing examples from scholarly literature and the author's own work. Each case example features a description of the study, including why the investigator decided to use Participatory Action rather than another research design, how he or she solved gatekeeper and access-to-sample issues, and Institutional Review Board concerns. Also included is a discussion of how to collect and analyze data and how to dissemination findings to both the scientific community and research participants. With a focus on practical problem solving throughout, the book will be of value to novice and experienced nurse researchers, graduate teachers and students, in-service educators and students, and nursing research staff at health care institutions.

Key Features:
•Describes, step-by-step, how to plan conduct, and disseminate Participatory Action Research
•Delivers new designs and methods such as case studies and content analyses
•Focuses on solving practical problems related to the conduct of research
•Features rich nursing exemplars in a variety of health/mental health clinical conditions in the US and internationally
•Includes objectives, critical thinking and review exercises, competencies, and additional resources




Foreword: Patricia Kelley

Series Preface: Commonalities of Qualitative Research-Mary de Chesnay

List of Tables

List of Figures

List of Appendices

Quote related to Ethnography

Chapter 1: Participatory Action Research

Karen Lucas Breda

Chapter 2: State of the Art of Nursing Research in Participatory Action Research

Karen Lucas Breda

Chapter 3: Participatory Action Research Procedures

Anne Watson Bongiorno

Chapter 4: An Assessment of a Prototype Audit and Feedback Process to Improve Inpatient Pain Documentation

Matthew Peters


Lauren Clark

Chapter 5: Community-Based Participatory Research in the Dominican Republic: The On-the-Ground Story of Conducting International Participatory Research.

Jennifer Foster

Chapter 6: Participatory Action Research: One Researcher's Reflection

Marie Truglio-Londrigan

Chapter 7: Community-Based Participatory Research: Lessons from the Field

Bonnie Bowie and Lauren Lawson

Chapter 8: A University -Tribal Community Based Participatory Research Partnership: Determining Community Priorities for the Health of Youth

Janet Katz

Chapter 9: How to conduct Participatory Action Research an Exemplar

Lorna Kendrick

Chapter 10: Exploring Parental Perceptions of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity using the Photovoice Method

Nicole Mareno

"PAR research is the ultimate in social justice practice. I suggest that PAR should be the basis for all nursing research. This book will provide you with the basics for getting started."

-Patricia J. Kelly, PhD, MPH, APRN
Kansas City, MO
(From the Foreword)
Mary de Chesnay, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, is professor at Kennesaw State University, School of Nursing, Georgia. She has received 13 research grants and has authored two books: Sex Trafficking: A Clinical Guide for Nurses (Springer Publishing) and the AJN Book of the Year Award winner, Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice and Research, now in its third edition (with a fourth edition to be published in 2015). Dr. de Chesnay has published over 21 journal articles in Qualitative Health Research, Journal of Nursing Management, International Journal of Medicine and Law, and others. A former dean and endowed chair, she reviews for a variety of professional journals. Dr. de Chesnay is a noted expert on qualitative research and a founding member and first vice president of the Southern Nursing Research Society.