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Analysis of phenomenological data generated with children as research participants

01 July 2003

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

Phenomenology as a research method is increasingly used in nursing. It has been recognised as appropriate for research in which children are research participants....

Methodological considerations in cohort study designs

15 April 2011

Nurse Researcher


Aim This paper discusses the methodological considerations inherent in the use of the cohort study as a research design. Background Cohort studies are observational...

An introduction to Bayes’ theorem and examples of its application to a diagnostic test and a clinical trial

17 February 2022

Nurse Researcher

Quantitative research

Background The Bayesian approach to updating scientific knowledge involves using a probability distribution to describe a prior belief concerning an outcome of...

Using Colaizzi’s method of data analysis to explore the experiences of nurse academics teaching on satellite campuses

16 March 2018

Nurse Researcher

Evidence & practice

Background Phenomenology is a useful methodological approach in qualitative nursing research. It enables researchers to put aside their perceptions of a phenomenon...

Challenges and solutions during analysis in a longitudinal narrative case study

27 March 2014

Nurse Researcher

Qualitative analysis

Aim To describe the challenges faced by those performing complex qualitative analysis during a narrative study and to offer solutions. Background Qualitative...

Analysing narrative data using McCormack’s Lenses

15 April 2011

Nurse Researcher


Aim In health and social care research, pure naturalistic enquiry often seeks to understand personal experiences, and adopts data collection methods that can...

NVivo 8 and consistency in data analysis: reflecting on the use of a qualitative data analysis program

15 April 2011

Nurse Researcher


Aim Qualitative data analysis is a complex process and demands clear thinking on the part of the analyst. However, a number of deficiencies may obstruct the research...

Finding the stories: a novice qualitative researcher learns to analyse narrative inquiry data

06 September 2018

Nurse Researcher

Qualitative methods

Background Qualitative research skills, especially those used in narrative inquiry, are challenging to develop. While the literature provides guidance on some...

Using exploratory factor analysis to define levels of ontology in critical realism

27 May 2020

Nurse Researcher

Mixed methods

Background Critical realism is often used in mixed-methods research. There are three domains of ontology in critical realism: the empirical, the actual and the real....

Bayesian analysis for nurse and midwifery research: statistical, practical and ethical benefits

19 January 2023

Nurse Researcher


Background The statistical shortcomings of null hypothesis significance testing (NHST) are well documented, yet it continues to be the default paradigm in...