The whole story: towards an ethical research methodology
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The whole story: towards an ethical research methodology

Alex M Carson Senior Lecturer, Sociology and Ethics, North-East Wales Institute of Higher Education, Plas Coch, Wrexham, Wales
Gavin J Fairbairn Professor of Education, Liverpool Hope, Liverpool, England

In this paper Alex Carson and Gavin Fairbairn argue that closer links between nursing education, research and practice may be developed through the use of a narrative methodology. The debate is cited in the wider practical and political context of a more democratic model of healthcare delivery. The authors provide a rationale for the use of stories in both nursing research and nursing practice by suggesting that each rests upon an ethic of helping whole people, rather than simply amounting to a technical undertaking. They suggest that the relationship between the ethical and the technical should be a more explicit feature in discussions of methodological issues in nursing research. They locate ideas about narrative research outside both qualitative and quantitative paradigms. Finally, they offer a philosophical and methodological argument for the use of narratives as an approach to research in which respect for people is central

Nurse Researcher. 10, 1, 15-29. doi: 10.7748/nr2002.10.10.1.15.c5876

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