Rigour, reliability, and validity in qualitative research

Long, T ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2726-8798 and Johnson, M ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6570-0145 2000, 'Rigour, reliability, and validity in qualitative research' , Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing, 4 (1) , pp. 30-37.

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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: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
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 10:19
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 14:45
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/22700

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