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Hermeneutics: an exploration

01 July 2004

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

This article represents months of reading, which initially began in an effort to try to understand the popularity of hermeneutics and phenomenology in nursing...

Philosophy of phenomenology: how understanding aids research

21 September 2012

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

Aim To assist the researcher in understanding the similarities and differences between the Husserlian and Heideggerian philosophies of phenomenology, and how that...

An overview of interpretive phenomenology as a research methodology

01 July 2013

Nurse Researcher

Interpretive phenomenology

Aim To provide an overview of interpretive phenomenology. Background Phenomenology is a philosophy and a research approach. As a research approach, it is used...

van Manen’s method and reduction in a phenomenological hermeneutic study

18 March 2015

Nurse Researcher


Aim To describe van Manen’s method and concept of reduction in a study that used a phenomenological hermeneutic approach. Background Nurse researchers have used van...

Being a practitioner: an application of Heidegger’s phenomenology

25 July 2014

Nurse Researcher


Aim To explain how Heidegger’s phenomenology can be applied to investigations of practitioners’ experiences and enhance research of roles. Background The application...

Research approaches related to phenomenology: negotiating a complex landscape

22 November 2012

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

Aim To provide a comprehensive overview of the many research approaches related to phenomenology and their philosophical underpinnings. Background Phenomenological...

Study of irritable bowel syndrome and co-existing psychological illness

27 March 2014

Nurse Researcher

Qualitative methods

Aim To assess the feasibility of using qualitative methods to explore psychological comorbidities associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Background IBS is a...

Methodological and hermeneutic reduction – a study of Finnish multiple-birth families

14 July 2015

Nurse Researcher


Aim To describe reduction as a method in methodological and hermeneutic reduction and the hermeneutic circle using van Manen’s principles, with the empirical example...

Levels of reduction in van Manen’s phenomenological hermeneutic method: an empirical example

15 May 2015

Nurse Researcher


Aim To describe reduction as a method using van Manen’s phenomenological hermeneutic research approach. Background Reduction involves several levels that can be...

A new critical framework for applying hermeneutic phenomenology

01 July 2009

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

Phenomenological research seeks to understand how individuals perceive and make sense of their lived experience (Annells 1999). As such it seems very relevant to...