Subject: Nursing Research

Scientific Area:



42 Hours

Number of ECTS:

4,5 ECTS



Overall objectives:

1 - Acquire skills in methodologies and techniques for participation in research projects whose implementation enables practice based on evidence.
2 - Acquire knowledge for the development of critical thinking about research work and practices and their connection to evidence.
3 - To relate nursing practices to the critical use of research results.
4 - Analyse the scientific methodology and the underlying evidence-based practice.


1 - Research: A way of thinking; Importance and historical perspective.
2 - Scientific knowledge; Concept of science and epistemology; Nature, characteristics and principles of science; Sources of knowledge.
2.1. - The scientific method.
2.2. - Methods and types of research.
2.3. - Action research: Characteristics; Methodological process; Action research versus traditional research; Application in the field of nursing.
3 - Stages of research; Research problem; Objectives in research; Literature review: types of information and sources available; Criteria to be followed in the literature review.
4 - Validity and reliability of measuring instruments.
5 - Publication and communication of scientific research and reports.
6 - Ethical and legal aspects.
7 - Evidence-based clinical practice.
7.1. - Sources of evidence.
7.2. - The PICOT method and the research of scientific evidence.
7.3. - Critical review of scientific evidence.
7.4. - The use of evidence in nursing.
8 - Research project.


Craig, J. V., Smyth, R. L. & Nullally, S. , 2004 , Prática baseada na evidência manual para enfermeiros. , Lusociência
Creswel, J. W. , 2012 , Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. , Sage
Ordem dos Enfermeiros , 2012 , Combater a desigualdade: da evidência à ação. , Ordem dos Enfermeiros
Coutney, M. & McCutcheon, H. , 2010 , Using Evidence to Guide Nursing practice. , Elsevier Australy
Denzin, N. K. & Lincoln, Y. S. , 2007 , O planejamento da pesquisa qualitativa: teorias e abordagens. , Artmed
Fortin, M.F. , 2009 , Fundamentos e etapas do processo de investigação. , Lusodidata
Hernandez R. S., Hernandez, C. & Lucio, P B. , 2006 , Metodología de la investigación. , McGraw-Hill Interamericana
Krzanowski, W. J. , 2007 , Statistical principles and techniques in scientific and social investigation. , Oxford University Press
Melnyk, B. M. & Fineout-Overholt, E. , 2011 , Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice. , Lippincott

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
The UC will be developed through lectures theoretical-practical, supported by the expository-participatory method. Seminar methodology and tutorial orientation will also be developed. This will enable the elaboration of a nursing research project aiming at the application of research methodology and practice based on evidence. The class will be subdivided into subgroups for better student achievement. Given the theoretical-practical and seminar nature of this UC, the evaluation will include two evaluation elements with the same weight, that is, 50% each: a written test and a written work with presentation and oral discussion. The minimum mark in each element is 9.5 points. If it is lower, the student can recover at the resource time. At resource/improvement and special periods, proceed as follows: for the resource each of the components, or both, can be recovered; For improvement, the evaluation will focus on the whole matter.