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Rigour, reliability, and validity in qualitative research

Long, T and Johnson, M 2000, 'Rigour, reliability, and validity in qualitative research' , Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing, 4 (1) , pp. 30-37.

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    Abstract

    This article addresses issues relating to rigour within qualitative research, beginning with the need for rigour at all in such studies.The concept of reliability is then analysed, establishing the traditional understanding of the term, and evaluating alternative terms. A similar exploration of validity and proposed alternatives follows. It is suggested that there is nothing to be gained from the use of alternative terms which, on analysis, often prove to be identical to the traditional terms of reliability and validity. Alternative or novel means of addressing these concepts in interpretive research are, however,welcomed. A review of some of the strategies available for the pursuit of reliability and validity in qualitative research is undertaken. These are clearly identified as means to establish existing criteria and are found to have variable value.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1361-9004
    Depositing User: Professor Tony Long
    Date Deposited: 15 May 2012 11:19
    Last Modified: 07 Nov 2013 07:53
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/22700

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