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

Kathryn A Clarke Lead nurse, clinical governance and practice development (surgery), Wrexham Maelor Hospital, North East Wales NHS Trust, Wrexham, UK

Kathryn A Clarke explains how she benefitted from keeping a research diary during her study into chronic pain

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 factors that may have influenced her analysis. She found it helped in her development as a novice phenomenological nurse researcher through creative and critical thinking. She recommends all novice researchers keep a diary.

Nurse Researcher. 17, 1, 68-76. doi: 10.7748/nr2009.10.17.1.68.c7342

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