A guide to phenomenological research
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A guide to phenomenological research

Anthea Wilson Lecturer, health and social care, The Open University, Milton Keynes, England

Phenomenological research is a method with strong philosophical origins, which can sometimes be challenging for novice investigators. However, developing an appreciation of these philosophical origins can enhance and strengthen the research design. A fundamental challenge is to understand the range of philosophical and empirical approaches to situate one’s own research. Such phenomenological approaches are often characterised and differentiated by the degree to which it is accepted that an investigator can achieve objective descriptions of, or interpret, lived experience. This article explains these issues, relating the philosophy to the research practicalities.

Nursing Standard. 29, 34, 38-43. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.34.38.e8821

Received: 30 January 2014

Accepted: 21 March 2014