We are indebted to many friends and colleagues who have shared their thoughts and time with us as this edition has been developed. We extend our gratitude to Dale Avers, Steve Alison, Jane Baldwin, Marianne Beninato, Maura Iversen, Madhuri Kale, Kevin Kearns, Aimee Klein, Mary Knab, Virgil Mathiewitz, Ruth Purtilo, Paul Stark, Patricia Sullivan and Elise Townsend for taking the time to read, critique and provide feedback on sections of the book. Several individuals were especially helpful in providing in-depth reviews: Roy Lee Aldridge Jr, Louise Dunn, Mary Ann Holbein-Jenny, Robin Gaines Lanzi, Beth Marcoux, Keli Mu, Gerald Smith, Rebecca States, Gordon St. Michael and Frank Underwood. We thank Laurita Hack, Kay Shepherd and Kim Nixon-Cave, from Temple University, who provided significant assistance to improve the content on qualitative research, and Joy McDermid who so graciously shared her experiences with systematic reviews.
We continue to thank our students from the MGH Institute of Health Professions for their enthusiasm and generous spirit. And we are grateful to all of our colleagues who stop us at conferences and other venues to share a kind word about how the book has helped them. Those are moments of true satisfaction.
The staff at Prentice Hall has remained dedicated and understanding as we labored through this revision. We appreciate everyone's patience and will continue to be grateful to Mark Cohen for all he has done to keep this work moving. We want to thank Nicole Ragonese (Editorial Assistant), Patrick Walsh (Production Manager), and Christina Zingone (Production Liaison) for their contributions. Angela Corio has done a wonderful job writing the content for the book's Web site. Karen Berry (Production Editor) at Pine Tree Composition was wonderfully supportive through the production of the book.
As always, our families remain the foundation of our lives, and we are ever grateful for their support. Leslie's girls are out of the house, finding their way in life, and Mary's girls are married with daughters of their own. Skip and John are now doing the cooking in addition to the dishes—and we are all looking forward to the next chapters in our lives!