Qualitative Research

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Qualitative Research

According to Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt (2011), qualitative research is used when a “certain concept or phenomenon is not well understood or is inadequately covered in the literature (Melnyk & Fine-Overholt, 2011, p.435). Qualitative research is also used when the researcher wants to work towards a relationship with the participant (Conceptualizing, 2012). It is important to employ research tactics such as qualitative research so that the nurse can better understand certain medical issues. Flemming (2007) discusses how the goal of qualitative synthesis is to provide an accurate interpretation of the information that was reviewed (Flemming, 2007). In order to provide more “evidence” in the term evidence-based nursing; it is necessary to use qualitative research. By using qualitative synthesis, the researcher helps to provide evidence that can support the evidence-based for nursing (Flemming, 2007). What this all means to me is that the nursing professional has to use the qualitative synthesis technique during the research about a subject that they need to shed light on. If there is not enough known information about a problem, we need to use this technique to help provide more information that we can build upon; this way we can provide more evidence to the subject. The end result may be that the nurse will encounter a new topic that requires more research in the future.

Rigor is mentioned in the lecture this week and rigorous research is also mentioned in the Flemming article. These terms are mentioned because it is important to qualitative research to establish how truthful the research; this way the reviewer can determine whether to trust the information provided.

Weaver, Wuest, & Ciliska (2005) discuss anorexia nervosa; qualitative research is useful with this subject because as stated “little is understood about the subjective process of women’s recovery in the context of family, community, or society” (Weaver,...
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