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Abstract

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.