• To consider the application of a phenomenological approach to collecting and analysing data
• To examine alternative ways to use Colaizzi’s phenomenological approach
• To explore an alternative to member-checking in qualitative phenomenological research
Background Husserl’s descriptive phenomenology is a popular methodology in health research as it provides a way to understand people’s experiences. Positioned in Husserl’s phenomenology, Colaizzi’s approach offers a way to analyse data and develop trustworthy findings. However, it can pose methodological and practical challenges.
Aim To present a discussion of the application and tailoring of Colaizzi’s phenomenological approach to a study conducted in a hospital.
Discussion Applying Colaizzi’s approach to interview data concerning health professionals’ decisions about transferring older people in hospital to residential care provided a decision trail. However, Colaizzi’s final step – member-checking – is controversial so was tailored to enhance the development of trustworthy findings.
Conclusion Validating findings is an important part of conducting research. Tailoring the final step of member-checking in Colaizzi’s approach supports trustworthy findings while staying connected to phenomenological epistemology.
Implications for practice Phenomenology is a popular methodology for nurse researchers. Tailoring Colaizzi’s approach provides strategies to augment phenomenological methods, ensuring dependable findings. Nurse researchers conducting phenomenological research can use these strategies.
Nurse Researcher. doi: 10.7748/nr.2020.e1700Peer review
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Northall T, Chang E, Hatcher D et al (2020) The application and tailoring of Colaizzi’s phenomenological approach to a hospital setting. Nurse Researcher. doi: 10.7748/nr.2020.e1700
Published online: 20 April 2020
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