"Making Sense of Research, Third Edition" is designed to help students and professionals understand research. Research has become integral to everyday practice in health and social care and it is now essential for professionals in these fields to be able to read and analyse research so that they can apply it in their work. In reality many people find research concepts difficult to grasp, but "Making Sense of Research" makes it easy by providing a straightforward guide to the basics. Topics covered include: the role of research in health and social care; the research process; quantitative and qualitative approaches; how to develop critical skills, and implementing research findings. "Making Sense of Research" also features a glossary of research terms and a critical appraisal framework. For this third edition, new material has been added on literature searching techniques, meta-analysis, data protection, and critical appraisal tools.