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Research report appraisal: How much understanding is enough?

Lipscomb, Martin

Authors

Martin Lipscomb martin.lipscomb@uwe.ac.uk



Abstract

When appraising research papers, how much understanding is enough? More specifically, in deciding whether the results of research can be used to inform practice, do appraisers need to substantively understand how findings are derived or is it sufficient simply to grasp that suitable analytic techniques were chosen and used by researchers? This paper explores an important but under examined aspect of research report appraisal. It is suggested that if – prior to use – a significant degree of understanding is required by appraisers of the processes that produce research findings, then assumptions about appraiser competence and the feasibility of current UK conceptions of evidence based practice are destabilized.

Citation

Lipscomb, M. (2013, September). Research report appraisal: How much understanding is enough?. Paper presented at Genes, Neurons, and Nurses: Implications of 21st Century Science for Nursing Care at 17th Annual International Philosophy of Nursing Conference in association with the International Philosophy of Nursing Society

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Genes, Neurons, and Nurses: Implications of 21st Century Science for Nursing Care at 17th Annual International Philosophy of Nursing Conference in association with the International Philosophy of Nursing Society
Start Date Sep 7, 2013
End Date Sep 9, 2013
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Genes, Neurons, and Nurses: Implications of 21st Century Science for Nursing Care

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