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Black on black: methodological issues for black researchers working in minority ethnic communities

01 July 2002

Nurse Researcher


In this article the insider-outsider debate is used to explore the contradictions and responsibilities faced by a black researcher working in black and minority...

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...

The challenges of being an insider in storytelling research

01 September 2013

Nurse Researcher


Aim To describe the challenges related to being an ‘insider’ researcher in a study that uses a feminist-informed storytelling research design and to discuss...

Research in prison: a researcher-practitioner’s view

01 April 2010

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

The prevalence of physical and mental health problems is high in prisoners compared with the general population, although health services are closing the gaps. These...

Use of reflexivity in a mixed-methods study

09 January 2013

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

Aim To present a novice researcher’s use of a reflective research diary in the quantitive measure of a mixed methods study and to recommend resulting changes to...

Reflections of a black African insider researcher

22 May 2018

Nurse Researcher

Background There is a growing body of literature providing reflective accounts and critical examination of the challenges faced by insider researchers. However,...

Conducting qualitative research in the context of pre-existing peer and collegial relationships

30 May 2014

Nurse Researcher


Aim To highlight issues and challenges faced in recruitment and interviewing during a study that sought to explore the transition of nurses into academic life and...

Perils and pitfalls for clinicians embarking on qualitative research in physiotherapy

15 May 2015

Nurse Researcher

Focus groups

Aim To consider the pros and cons of focus groups versus interviews for studies interested in examining patient experiences of clinical interventions. The paper...

A personal insight into researcher positionality

19 July 2012

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

Aim To highlight observations on the dilemmas of insider research. Background Researchers in qualitative research have traditionally been thought of as positioned...

Using observational methods in nursing research

08 July 2015

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Observation is a research data-collection method used generally to capture the activities of participants as well as when and where things are happening in a given...