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Theoretical versus pragmatic design in qualitative research

Smith, Joanna, Bekker, Hilary and Cheater, Francine (2011) Theoretical versus pragmatic design in qualitative research. Nurse Researcher, 18 (2). pp. 39-51. ISSN 1351-5578

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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
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2013 11:39
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2015 23:14


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