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Semi-structured interviews: guidance for novice researchers

13 February 2008

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Nurses are increasingly involved in research, particularly qualitative research. This article aims to prepare nurses for conducting semi-structured research...

Focus groups: principles and process

01 April 2009

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

Focus groups have been used by researchers in the social and behavioural sciences for more than 80 years. In particular, they have been used in fields as disparate...

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...

Emotion work in qualitative research: interviewing parents about neonatal care

18 December 2017

Nurse Researcher

Evidence & practice

Background ‘Emotion work’ is a term used to describe the emotional responses that may arise in qualitative research exploring difficult experiences. Parents’...

Using circular questions as a tool in qualitative research

22 January 2016

Nurse Researcher


Background Circular questions are used within systematic family therapy as a tool to generate multiple explanations and stories from a family situation and as a...

Data collecting in grounded theory - some practical issues

01 July 2004

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

In July 2000, I (KD) commenced part-time PhD studies, using grounded theory methodology. Using grounded theory for the first time has presented certain challenges,...

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...

Using discovery interviews to understand the patient experience

31 March 2010

Nursing Management


Ensuring and maintaining patients’ dignity have been defining attributes of good nursing for the past 150 years and should be quality indicators by which nurses can...