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Case study research

Ruth Taylor Pro-vice chancellor and dean, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England
Annette Thomas-Gregory Acting head of department, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England

This article describes case study research for nursing and healthcare practice. Case study research offers the researcher an approach by which a phenomenon can be investigated from multiple perspectives within a bounded context, allowing the researcher to provide a ‘thick’ description of the phenomenon. Although case study research is a flexible approach for the investigation of complex nursing and healthcare issues, it has methodological challenges, often associated with the multiple methods used in individual studies. These are explored through examples of case study research carried out in practice and education settings. An overview of what constitutes ‘good’ case study research is proposed.

Nursing Standard. 29, 41,36-40. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.41.36.e8856

Correspondence

ruth.taylor@anglia.ac.uk

Peer review

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Received: 10 February 2014

Accepted: 30 April 2014