Qualitative Research in Nursing

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Qualitative research methods have become increasingly important as ways of developing nursing knowledge for evidence-based nursing practice. Qualitative research answers a wide variety of questions related to nursing's concern with human responses to actual or potential health problems.

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Qualitative Research in Nursing "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts" -Albert EinsteinINTRODUCTION Qualitative research methods have become increasingly important as ways of developing nursing knowledge for evidence-based nursing practice. Qualitative research answers a wide variety of questions related to nursing's concern with human responses to actual or potential health problems. (Ploeg J, 1999) Qualitative research is a type of scientific research which has its roots in philosophy and human sciences. Qualitative research plays an important part in providing evidence for practice in nursing, and is gaining greater acceptance within medicine. (Bailey C, 2002) Definition: "A quantitative approach is one in which the investigator primarily uses post-positivist claims for developing knowledge (i.e. cause and effect thinking, reduction to specific variables and hypotheses and questions, use of measurement and observation, and the test of theories)." (Creswell, 2003)Qualitative research is used to gain insight into people's attitudes, behaviours, value systems, concerns, motivations, aspirations, culture or lifestyles. Qualitative researchers aim to gather an in-depth understanding ofhuman behaviorand thereasonsthat govern such behavior. Qualitative research is often associated with naturalistic inquiry.Naturalistic methods of inquiry attempt to deal with the issue of human complexity by exploring directly.

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