This module enables you to explore research methods and apply this to the context of midwifery practice. Through reflection on practice to identify a topic of interest relevant to the role of the midwife, you will undertake a literature review. The literature review will include a justification for topic choice, an outline of the systematic search strategy undertaken, a critique of the evidence base, and identification of gaps for future research. This literature review will form the basis for the level 6 research module in your second year.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Demonstrate a sound knowledge base of research methods
- Identify a gap in the literature, and present a refined research question that might be addressed using a research approach
- Discuss the principles for good ethical practice during research activity and its subsequent application to practice, including consideration of user engagement in research design and policy
- Undertake a systematic search and select evidence related to your research question
- Present a critique of the key evidence related to your research question
- Reflect on practice and develop an original research question relevant to the role of the midwife
Evidenced based practice/ evidence informed practice
Critical reflection on practice for research activity
Search and selection of evidence
Research methods (quantitative and qualitative designs, including developing research questions, data collection and analysis etc.)
Ethical and governance principles for research
Critical appraisal skills
Service user engagement
Programme threads are linked throughout and include:
- Baby Friendly principles
- Medicines management
- Mental health and well-being
- Values Based Journey
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
- Collaborative learning resources
- Lectures (Research related)
- Technology enhanced learning activities
- Self directed study
|Total study time||187.5|
Resources & Reading list
Gray JR, Grove SK and Sutherland S (2017). Burns and Grove's the practice of nursing research : appraisal, synthesis, and generation of evidence.. St Louis: Elsevier.
Cottrell S (2011). Critical thinking skills: developing effective analysis and argument.. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillian.
Bowling, A (2014). Research methods in health: investigating health and health services.. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Cluett ER and Bluff R (2006). Principles and practice of research in Midwifery.. Churchill Livingstone.
Coughlan, M. (2013). Doing a literature review in nursing, health and social care.. London: SAGE.
Parahoo K (2014). Nursing research: principles, process and issues.. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Rees C (2011). Introduction to Research for Midwives.. Edinburgh: Churchill Livngstone.
Polit DF and Beck CT. Essentials of nursing research : appraising evidence for nursing practice.. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams Wilkins.
Aveyard, H. (2014). Doing a literature review in health and social care. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Greenhalgh, T. (2014). How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine.. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell: BMJ Books..
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This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
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