Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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226 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
August 2017
Print ISBN: 9781551309910


Research Literacy for Health and Community Practice introduces students to fundamental research concepts that will enable them to think critically about research and to recognize effective methods for understanding and utilizing research for practice. Rather than outlining methods for conducting research, this textbook outlines skills for engaging with research literature, including how to frame and organize knowledge, interpret and evaluate evidence using qualitative and quantitative approaches, distinguish between research and other forms of information, and implement “best evidence” practices.

Offering a wealth of exercises, recommended readings, online resources, and in-class activities, this textbook satisfies the need for practical, beginner-level resources in research literacy courses across health studies disciplines.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes



Chapter 1
Introduction to Research Literacy for Health and Community Practice

Chapter 2
What Are Knowledge and Evidence?

Chapter 3
How Is Research Framed and Organized, and How Are Ethics Applied?

Chapter 4
How Do I Search the Evidence for Practice?

Chapter 5
How Do I Approach the Appraisal of a Research Paper?

Chapter 6
How Do I Understand and Interpret Qualitative Research Papers?

Chapter 7
How Do I Understand and Interpret Quantitative Research Papers?

Chapter 8
How Do I Know What Is Best Evidence for Practice?

Chapter 9
How Do I Use Research in Practice?

Further Resources and Links


Appendix A: Practice Exam Questions

Appendix B: Learning Activities


Sonya Jakubec

Sonya Jakubec is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Mount Royal University.

Barbara Astle

Barbara Astle is an Associate Professor of Nursing and the Director of the Master of Science of Nursing Program at Trinity Western University.


“Research literacy is such a vital and foundational skill for all nurses, no matter how many or few their years of practice. This important new text provides the grounding that every new nurse needs to find their way to evidence-informed practice and will be a go-to guide for more experienced nurses dealing with the complexities of research evidence.”
—  Sonia Hines, Nurse Researcher, Evidence in Practice Unit and The Queensland Centre for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery: A Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence, Mater Health

“Evidence-based practice is essential to our profession, so our students must be research literate when they graduate. As a result, I have been searching for a textbook with this exact focus. This book offers students in applied healthcare programs essential information and skills in a very accessible format. Sonya Jakubec and Barbara Astle have filled an important gap with this textbook—thank you!”
—  Sienna Caspar, PhD, CTRS, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences: Therapeutic Recreation Program, University of Lethbridge

Instructor Resources

When you adopt Research Literacy for Health and Community Practice, you will receive access to a wealth of in-class activities and discussion questions that include:

  • An introduction to the resources
  • PowerPoint slides
  • Critical thinking questions
  • Sample exam questions and answers
  • Further resources and links
  • And the glossary in an editable form

See sample

Student Resources

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