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An introduction to the origins, history and principles of ethnography

22 March 2017

Nurse Researcher

Evidence & practice

Background Ethnography is embedded in the history of research and has been considered a methodology in its own right. Its long history means those new to ethnography...

Preparing for the field: developing competence as an ethnographic field worker

01 January 2005

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

If ethnography can be considered as a form of work, then the rules and competencies of this work need to be learnt along with clear markers of progress to enable the...

Employing an ethnographic approach: key characteristics

21 October 2011

Nurse Researcher


Aim Nurses are increasingly embracing ethnography as a useful research methodology. This paper presents an overview of some of the main characteristics we considered...

Nursing relationships in ethnographic research: what of rapport?

01 April 2007

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

Julie McGarry examines some of the issues associated with relationships that develop in ethnographic research. In particular, she considers questions that arise from...

Insider ethnography: tinker, tailor, researcher or spy?

01 July 2007

Nurse Researcher


Maxine Simmons reflects on her experiences as an ‘insider’ ethnographer – a senior manager undertaking research with nurse consultants within her own employing...

A nurse manager’s reflections on adapting to a research role

01 March 2011

Nursing Management


Keeping a reflective diary throughout a secondment to a research role has helped a nurse manager adapt to her new work environment and enhanced her clinical...

Through the looking glass: being a critical ethnographic researcher in a familiar nursing context

01 April 2007

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

This article draws on the primary author’s experiences of conducting a critical ethnographic study within the emergency department where she works. Extracts from her...

Parental involvement in neonatal pain management: reflecting on the researcher-practitioner role

19 July 2012

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

Aim The objective of this paper is to identify and explore some of the ethical and professional issues facing the clinical researcher-practitioner and to discuss how...

The use of focused ethnography in nursing research

01 March 2013

Nurse Researcher

Issues in research

Aim To provide an overview of the relevance and strengths of focused ethnography in nursing research. The paper provides descriptions of focused ethnography and...

Ethnography: principles, practice and potential

06 May 2015

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Ethnography is a methodology that is gaining popularity in nursing and healthcare research. It is concerned with studying people in their cultural context and how...