Action research is becoming more popular in nursing and healthcare it is used by practitioners who want to better understand and improve the quality of their work and by students who need to do a research project for their course. O loretta m bellman 1996 changing nursing practice through reflection on the roper logan and tierney model the enhancement approach to action research journal of advanced nursing 241 129 138 o nichols r meyer j batehup l waterman h 1997 promoting action research in healthcare settings nursing standard 1140 36 38. The barriers to the uptake of the findings of traditional quantitative biomedical research in clinical practice are increasingly being recognised 12 action research is particularly suited to identifying problems in clinical practice and helping develop potential solutions in order to improve practice 3 for this reason action research is increasingly being used in health related settings. This article describes action research as a methodology and gives two examples of its application to nursing and health services research action research is cyclical in nature and involves the development evaluation and redefining of an action plan using four basic steps planning action observation and reflection. Action research is one of the most popular research strategies in nursing and healthcare it is widely used by practitioners who want to better understand and undertake their work and students who
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