Nursing Research: A Qualitative Perspective / Edition 3

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In its third edition, Nursing Research: A Qualitative Perspective continues to define this increasingly important paradigm as it relates to the continuing progress in nursing research today. Building on the foundation that merited the AJN Book of the Year Award for its first edition, the authors have created a necessary text for the nurse conducting qualitative studies and for the nursing research student.

Includes ethical concerns, institutional review, formatting proposals & reports, combining research approaches, etc.

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Reviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book provides the reader with the basics of qualitative research. The philosophical basis of qualitative research is discussed and major qualitative methods with exemplars are presented.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe the essence of qualitative research and its relevance to nursing. The philosophical underpinnings and methodology are presented. The author stresses that more in-depth information can be found in the references. The purpose is worthwhile and is met by the author.
Audience: The target audience for this book is the nurse conducting qualitative research and for the nursing research student. The author and contributing authors are qualitative nurse researchers.
Features: This book consists of three sections. The first section lays the philosophical foundation for qualitative research. The language, epistemology, and philosophy are discussed. Section 2 is the "how-to" portion of the book. Seven qualitative methods are discussed followed by exemplar chapters for each method: phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, case study, historical, interpretive analysis, and action research. Section 3 discusses the issues and considerations that affect qualitative methods including ethical consideration, institutional review, data analysis strategies, triangulation, evaluation of qualitative research, development of proposals, and getting ideas and online help.
Assessment: This book will be a valuable reference for a qualitative nurse researcher. It provides the researcher with the basic information to prepare a qualitative research proposal. In this edition, two new qualitative methods are added: interpretive analysis (hermeneutics), and action research. This book has been updated with current and new studies.
Twenty-five chapters describe the methods of and principles underlying qualitative research as it is applied to the field of nursing. Examples of various methods are provided, including phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, case study, historical research, interpretive analysis, and active research. Ethical considerations, matters of institutional review and evaluation, and the relationship between qualitative and quantitative research are also discussed. Contributors include researchers and professors of nursing and counseling. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763711351
  • Publisher: Jones & Barlett Learning
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Academic Textbooks Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The landscape of qualitative research 3
2 Language and nursing research 37
3 Epistemology in nursing 71
4 Historical and philosophical foundations of qualitative research 99
5 Reflections on postmodernism, critical social theory, and feminist approaches : the postmodern mind 127
6 A phenomenological method 145
7 Exemplar : meanins in mothers' experience with infant death : three phenomenological inquiries : in another world; five years later; what forever means 211
8 Grounded theory : the method 239
9 Exemplar : teetering on the edge : a continually emerging theory of postpartum depression 273
10 Ethnography : the method 293
11 Exemplar : the milk of human kindness : WIC influence on the infant feeding decisions of black non-hispanic women 331
12 Case study : the method 349
13 A case study exemplar : health outcomes of people with serious mental illnesses 359
14 Historical research : the method 375
15 Exemplar : "called to a mission of charity" : the sisters of St. Joseph in the Civil War 387
16 Narrative inquiry : the method 401
17 Exemplar : four types of stories about family caregiving 423
18 Action research : the methodologies 447
19 Exemplar : practical discourse as action research : inquiry into post-myocardial behavior coaching 463
20 Evidenced-based nursing and qualitative research : a partnership imperative for real-world practice 481
21 Ethical considerations and qualitative research 501
22 Institutional review of qualitative research proposals : a task of no small consequence 515
23 Strategies of intraproject sampling 529
24 Combining qualitative and quantitative method for mixed-method designs 541
25 Evaluation of qualitative research 555
26 Locating qualitative research resources online 569
27 Opening doors to reimagining qualitative research 555
App General format for research proposals and research reports
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