Use of Action Research In Practice Development Units

A. Jinks, C. Marsden

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    This paper describes the development of a haematology practice development unit. A recurring dichotomy in the literature reviewed is whether such practice development units should be aimed at nurses or at nursing practice. The processes of ensuring the robustness of a series of action research projects are described. All of these projects aim to explore patient perspectives of their illnesses and identify how to improve their care. National Health Service Trust and university partnership arrangements are identified as being of central importance to accreditation processes and to verification of the appropriateness of research outcomes. Staff development initiatives discussed include offering work-based learning opportunities. It is concluded that to disassociate patients, and how best to improve their care, from the development of practitioners is unhelpful
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)165-175
    JournalPractice Development in Health Care
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007


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