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Using action research to improve and understand professional practice

Sandars, John and Waterman, Heather 2005. Using action research to improve and understand professional practice. Work Based Learning in Primary Care 3 (4) , pp. 294-305.

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Action research is a cyclical process in which there are phases of data collection, action (including a change intervention) and evaluation. This process is repeated with redefined interventions, thereby improving the situation and increasing understanding of the phenomenon, including the development of new theory. Action research is participative, with participants having a proactive role in the research, including becoming a co-researcher. There is great potential for using action research to both improve and understand professional practice in primary care. An example of action research in primary care is described, in which a primary healthcare team improved care and developed further understanding of teamwork.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 1740-3715
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:20

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