NURSING AND MIDWIFERY RESEARCH METHODOLOGY I
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to make students acquire a repertoire of knowledge,
skills and abilities for critical reflection with respect to the use of
research, given the importance of the same profession in nursing and
midwifery. Students will have to demonstrate that they have understood
and assimilated the research process at all stages that compose it,
highlighting the differences inherent in the various types of studies. They
will be able to read and critically analyze the results of the research,
nationally and internationally, drawing on the sources of the best
available evidence. Will be built with the students the basic steps of the
research process, with particular level of detail for the first two phases.
Students will specifically outline a possible problem area, to properly
formulate the research question, identify and formulate the research
hypothesis and select the design of relevant research.
We aim to make the students the main tools for the preparation of a
research-quantitative, applicable to specific areas of expertise nursing
Course contents summary
Meaning and phases of the nursing and midwifery Search: wording of the
question (problem) for research and definition of the purpose - Research
design, qualitative and quantitative tools of hypothesis testing - Methods
of sampling and data collection. Basic research and applied research in
health care settings - experimental studies, observational studies -
Identification of relevant variables to the research problem - Formulation
of the hypothesis of research-Critical reading of a scientific article -
Ethical issues related to research in health care.
At the end of the course the student will be able to argue consciously the
- Definition of Search - The importance of research in nursing and
midwifery - The scientific method (systematic, objectivity) - inductive and
deductive reasoning - Theories, concepts, elements to be considered in
the criticism of the theories and conceptual models - EBM, EBN, EBHC:
the best evidence base for clinical practice and the management of
issues related to the organizational aspects of the nursing and midwifery professions, the training focused on developing strategies EBN - The
pyramid of evidence - Types of studies and their characteristics:
experimental, quasi-experimental, observational (descriptive and
analytical) - Basic and applied research - The phases of the research
process - Classification of research based on time - Approaches to
research: scanning and searching - Correct formulation of the research
question: backgroud, foreground , method PICO - The review of the
literature: aims, primary sources, secondary sources - Guidelines for the
critique of a research report - Classification of variables: definition and
different types depending on the type of study and the research question
- causal relationships between the variables - Formulation of the
hypothesis of research and its verifiability - Selection of research design
(quantitative and qualitative), the purpose of design - Materials and
Methods - Tools for Checking dell'ipostesi Research - Principles of
measurement - Reliability - Validity (internal, external) - Selection of the
sample: the universe, the unit of analysis, methods for probabilistic and
non-probabilistic sampling - The questionnaire: fundamental concepts for
the construction and administration of the questionnaire - Development
of a research project; fundamental areas of the Protocol of a study. -
Ethical considerations related to research.
It should be noted that, as a compendium of theoretical concepts, the
focus will be constantly orients nanny to the presentation of examples
and case studies drawn from everyday contexts of care.
-D.F.Polit - C.T. Beck, Fondamenti di ricerca Ricerca infermieristica, Cc Graw - Hill Education, 2014, edizione italiana a cura di Alvisa Palese.
- James A. Fain, La ricerca infermieristica – leggerla, comprenderla e
applicarla, Milano, McGraw-Hill Companies, srl Publishing Group Italia,
2004, trad. it. di: Reading, Understanding, and Applying Research. A test
and Workbook, 2nd edition
- Kenneth D. Bailey, Metodi della ricerca sociale, Bologna, ed. Il Mulino,
1985, trad. it. di Methods of Social Research, New York, The Free Press,
1982. Edizione italiana a cura di Maurizio Rossi.
- Geri Lo Biondo – Wood, Judith Haber, Metodologia della ricerca
infermieristica, Milano, McGraw-Hill Companies, srl Publishing Group
Italia, edizione italiana a cura di Julita Sansoni, 3nd edition.
- Lesson slides
Lectures and interactive with the use of audiovisual aids, classroom
discussion with students, group and individual processing.
Assessment methods and criteria
The learning and the degree of preparation is checked by oral test will
ensure that the knowledge gained by the students also through in-depth
study of the following material:
1) Text: James A. Fain, Nursing Research - reading, understanding, and
apply, Milan, McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Publishing Group Italy, 2004,
trans. en. in: Reading, Understanding, and Applying Research. A test and
Workbook, 2nd edition
2) Slides posted on the site is the University.