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Interviewing women: using reflection to improve practice

01 July 2007

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

Caryl Skene uses a model of reflection to revisit her experience as a novice researcher. In doing so, she highlights the skills required to undertake qualitative...

The effects of the presence or absence of parents on interviews with children

26 January 2012

Nurse Researcher


Aim This paper discusses two independently conducted studies and argues that adult healthcare workers and researchers need to consider the influence that parents can...

The importance of pilot studies

19 June 2002

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

The term ‘pilot studies’ refers to mini versions of a full-scale study (also called ‘feasibility’ studies), as well as the specific pre-testing of a particular...

Involving mothers in research studies: practical considerations

01 February 2007

Paediatric Nursing

A&S Science

The experiences of a researcher undertaking a qualitative study exploring mothers’ experiences of caring for children with complex needs are used to illustrate the...

The value of a hospital palliative care team to other staff

01 February 2006

Cancer Nursing Practice


A hospital palliative care team (HPCT) aims to provide specific advice, information and support for people with cancer in partnership with hospital consultants and...

The therapeutic value of the interview

09 July 2009

Cancer Nursing Practice


This study explored women’s sexuality following treatment for cervical cancer. Interviews were conducted with a sample of 13 women two to three years after treatment...

Reflections of a researcher interviewing older people

23 September 2009

Nursing Older People


The aim of this article is to remind those involved in research, either as researchers or reading it, of the possible effect of conducting research with...

Issues and considerations when researching sensitive issues with men: examples from a study of men and sexual health

22 October 2010

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

This article highlights some ethical considerations and practicalities that arose when conducting research with men in relation to decision making and seeking help...

Case study: an approach to qualitative enquiry

30 January 2002

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

A qualitative case study is a potentially valuable approach to conducting investigations aimed at understanding the complexity of care situations. This article...

The equalisers

01 October 2005

Learning Disability Practice

Practice & research

Karl Marx once implored thinkers to try to change the world rather than just ponder on it (Marx and Engels 1845/1974). Some researchers have tried to take up this...