Theoretical versus pragmatic design in qualitative research

Smith, J, Bekker, H and Cheater, F 2011, 'Theoretical versus pragmatic design in qualitative research' , Nurse Researcher, 18 (2) , pp. 39-51.

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For many years, discussions of the relative merits of generic and theoretical approaches to qualitative research have divided researchers while overshadowing the need to focus on addressing clinical questions. Drawing on the challenges of designing a study that explored parents’ experiences of living with children with hydrocephalus, the authors of this paper argue that over-adherence to, and deliberations about, the philosophical origins of qualitative methods is undermining the contributions qualitative research could make to evidence-based health care and suggest qualitative methods should stand alone.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Nurse Researcher
Publisher: RCN Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1351-5578
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Depositing User: J Smith
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2011 11:50
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 13:03

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