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Use of diaries in research

01 July 2015

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article presents an overview of the diary as a popular method for data collection in nursing and health research. The context for using diaries as a data...

Using a reflective diary to develop bracketing skills during a phenomenological investigation

01 July 2004

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

Phenomenology has become an increasingly popular research approach within nursing over the last 25 years. Its roots are within the philosophical movement, and Edmund...

How diaries can improve the experience of intensive care patients

08 December 2010

Nursing Management


Post-discharge intensive care unit (ICU) patients are often left with psychological problems and, while follow-up clinics and patient support groups are the best way...

Aide-memoire diaries in longitudinal research

19 September 2017

Nurse Researcher

Evidence & practice

Background Diaries can be used as contemporaneous tools for gathering data, frequently in combination with interviews. However, diaries can also be used by study...

Uses of a research diary: learning reflectively, developing understanding and establishing transparency

01 October 2009

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

The author of this paper started a research diary to provide transparency to her study and to help her clarify thoughts and feelings – as well as to acknowledge...

Use of reflexivity in a mixed-methods study

09 January 2013

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

Aim To present a novice researcher’s use of a reflective research diary in the quantitive measure of a mixed methods study and to recommend resulting changes to...

Pressure points

06 January 2009

Nursing Standard


The City of London Migraine Clinic has seen around 2,500 people with this disabling condition this year. Research is an important part of the clinic’s remit.

Using unstructured diaries for primary data collection

15 May 2015

Nurse Researcher

Grounded theory

Aim To give a reflective account of using unstructured handwritten diaries as a method of collecting qualitative data. Background Diaries are primarily used in...

‘The nurse told my 85-year-old mother she was obnoxious’

20 February 2008

Nursing Standard


Experienced nurse Judith Allen was proud to be a nurse – at least she was before her elderly mother was admitted to hospital for the final time.

Exercise programmes for women with stress urinary incontinence

01 April 2012

Primary Health Care

A&S Science

Aim To compare the efficacy of a supervised pelvic floor exercise programme and conventional home-prescribed exercise programme for the treatment of mild-to-moderate...