Dr. Paula Meier is an Assistant Professor, Maternal-Child Nursing, College of Nursing University of Illinois, Chicago.
The case study: A viable approach to clinical research
Article first published online: 14 MAR 2007
Copyright © 1986 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 9, Issue 3, pages 195–202, September 1986
How to Cite
Meier, P. and Pugh, E. J. (1986), The case study: A viable approach to clinical research. Res. Nurs. Health, 9: 195–202. doi: 10.1002/nur.4770090303
- Issue published online: 14 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 14 MAR 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 11 JUL 1984
- Manuscript Received: 22 AUG 1983
The case study, although associated with several misconceptions which compromise its effective utilization, is especially appropriate for investigation of clinical nursing problems. A literature review of the application of this reserach approach in other practice-based disciplines was completed. Results indicate that the case study (a) permits focusing upon the individual in an intensive, longitudinal perspective, and (b) facilitates bridging of the research-practice gap. Internal and external validity, considered especially problematic in case studies, can be maximized by a variety of techniques.