Using Qualitative Research

School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
Qualitative Health Research (Impact Factor: 2.19). 12/2004; 14(10):1366-86. DOI: 10.1177/1049732304269672
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A renewed urgency has emerged in the qualitative health research community concerning the utility of qualitative research. This urgency is the result of several converging trends in health care research, including the elevation of practical over basic knowledge, proliferation of qualitative health research studies, and the rise of evidence-based practice as a paradigm and methodology for health care. Diverse conceptualizations of use and users exist, and these have different implications for understanding, demonstrating, and enhancing the utility of qualitative research findings. Issues affecting the utilization of these findings include the varied ways in which they are conceived, presented, synthesized, signified, and translated, and the complex repertoire of skills required to activate the knowledge transformation cycle in qualitative health research fully.

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    • "A concern with evidence for practice is associated with another development of significance for QR and teaching: the ascendance of practical, " actionable " knowledge over basic or pure knowledge. Here, we see the prioritization of research capable of producing knowledge of direct use to particular clinical or health system problems (Rossiter & Robertson, 2014;Sandelowski, 2004) and the emergence of " knowledge transfer " as a distinct specialization in the health research field (Lavis, Robertson, Woodside, McLeod, & Abelson, 2003). Emphasis on practical research has been used to justify a stepping back from theoretically driven or even theoretically informed QR. "
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    • "However, findings and recommendations of individual qualitative research studies, no matter how insightful, are not easily incorporated into practice environments utilizing the traditional hierarchy of evidence (Thorne, 2009). Additionally, these isolated reports of phenomena do not meet the needs of nurses, patients, and other stakeholders seeking useable findings to improve health care services and reduce health inequities (Estabrooks, Field, & Morse, 1994; Sandelowski, 2004). It is our belief that metasynthesis research studies can be used to amplify the findings of disparate qualitative research studies, therefore facilitating the integration of qualitatively created knowledge into pediatric oncology nursing practice (Jensen & Allen, 1996; Sandelowski, 2006). "
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    • "Method Design An exploratory qualitative design was used. Qualitative research has contributed to increased practical knowledge in health care and has been incorporated in standard hierarchies of evidence used to establish evidence-based practice (Sandelowski, 2004).The study design was framed by the principles of empirical hermeneutic caring science research described by Dahlberg et al. (2008). Gadamer's (2004) approach to text interpretation, grounded in philosophical hermeneutics, was used to gain deeper understanding of home healthcare teams' experiences of pain assessment. "
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