Using the Internet to conduct research.
ABSTRACT The internet has become an everyday communication tool for countless people throughout the world. It has a variety of potential uses in education, practice and research, but only in the last decade have nurse researchers begun to take advantage of the multiple uses the internet has to offer. The author reviews the uses of the internet to conduct research and addresses challenges and issues that currently influence web-based research.
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ABSTRACT: The increasing pervasiveness of the internet and social networking globally presents new opportunities and challenges for empirical social science researchers including those in nursing. Developments in computer-mediated communication are not static and there is potential for further advances and innovation in research methods embracing this technology. The aim of this paper is to present a reflexive account and critique of the use of social media as a means of data collection in a study that sought to explore the aesthetics of clinical leadership in contemporary nursing. In doing so, comparisons are drawn from using Twitter, Facebook and e-learning announcements as methods of recruitment and subsequent data collection via an online survey. The pragmatics of the internet and online social networks as vehicles for data collection are discussed. While questions remain about best practice to safeguard the scientific integrity of these approaches and the researchers and research participants who choose to participate, the potential exists for researchers to enhance and expand research methods without compromising rigour and validity. In the interests of sharpening thinking about this means of data collection dialogue and debate are needed on a range of research aspects including but not limited to pragmatics, new requirements in research training and development, legal and ethical guidelines and strengths and limitations encountered.Collegian Journal of the Royal College of Nursing Australia 06/2014; · 0.84 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Background There is uncertainty about the most important indicators of pulmonary exacerbations in CF. Methods Two parallel Delphi surveys in 13 CF centres (UK and Ireland). Delphi 1: 31 adults with CF, ≥ one exacerbation over 12 months. Delphi 2: 38 CF health professionals. Rounds 1 and 2 participants rated their level of agreement with statements relating to indicators of exacerbation; Round 3 participants rated the importance of statements which were subsequently placed in rank order. Results Objective measurements were of higher importance to health professionals. Feelings of increased debility were rated most important by adults with CF. Conclusions There were clear differences in perspectives between the two groups as to the most important indicators of an exacerbation. This highlights that CF health professionals should take more cognisance of specific signs and symptoms reported by adults with CF, especially since these may be a precursor to an exacerbation.Journal of Cystic Fibrosis 01/2014; · 3.82 Impact Factor
Conference Paper: Security concerns for web-based research survey[Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The wider availability of the internet and the World Wide Web provide easy access to a variety of computing resources including Web-based surveys. Tasks that were traditionally performed in a fixed setting, such as an office, can now easily be performed in arbitrary locations- anywhere and everywhere. The Internet has brought a variety of research initiatives including recruitment of participants, administration of interventions, and data collection. The explosive use of the internet has offered more opportunities for conducting web-based research as well as risks. However, online surveys and questionnaires present new risks to the validity and reliability of collected data, as well as the privacy and confidentiality of human subjects. This study will explore and analyse several of these new risks, outlining in detail the unique risk-creating situations presented by the online environment as well as guidelines to mitigate the risk will be discussed.Electrical & Computer Engineering (ICECE), 2012 7th International Conference on; 01/2012