Application of discourse analysis to nursing inquiry
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Application of discourse analysis to nursing inquiry

Jim Campbell Psychological Recovery research team, Teesside Centre for Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Health & Social Care, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, UK
Sheila Arnold Senior Lecturer, Centuria Building, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, UK

Discourse analysis (DA) has frequently been misapplied within nursing research, demonstrating a lack of understanding among some nurse researchers of theoretical/ methodological approaches within DA. To date, there are few specific nursing examples illustrating the application of DA, which presents a further obstacle for the new researcher. In this paper, Jim Campbell and Sheila Arnold outline a specific nursing example of DA research and describe the process of applying DA to nursing research via the personal experiences of the authors. Two different ways of ‘coming to’ a DA approach, will be described, one using a structured framework and the other a personal narrative

Nurse Researcher. 12, 2, 30-41. doi: 10.7748/nr.12.2.30.s5

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