Reflexivity: promoting rigour in qualitative research
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Reflexivity: promoting rigour in qualitative research

Dev Jootun Lecturer, Hamilton campus, Lanarkshire, University of the West of Scotland
Gerry McGhee Lecturer, Hamilton campus, Lanarkshire, University of the West of Scotland
Glenn R Marland Academic director, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, Dumfries campus, Dumfries and Galloway, University of the West of Scotland

This article illustrates how the concept of reflexivity has matured in conjunction with developments in qualitative research, and makes the case for inclusion of a reflexive account to increase the rigour of the research process. A qualitative study (Jootun and McGhee 2006) is used to show how the reflexive process improved data reliability. Reflexivity is an invaluable tool to promote understanding of the phenomenon under study and the researcher’s role. The relationship between, and influence of, the researcher and participants should be made explicit.

Correspondence dev.jootun@uws.ac.uk

Nursing Standard. 23, 23,42-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.02.23.23.42.c6800

Published in print: 13 February 2009

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review