A re-examination of the experimental design for nursing research


Karen Poole 30 Flaxland Avenue, Gabalfa, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF4 3NT Wales


This paper will present a case for the re-examination of the experimental design for contemporary nursing research It is an attempt to re-dress the academic ‘romance’ with the new found orientation towards exploratory descriptive research To make the case, there is a need to make explicit some of the erroneous assumptions regarding the philosophical origins of the experimental design By ignoring the contribution of the experimental design, there is the risk of overlooking certain areas of potential nursing knowledge This is particularly pertinent in the current political climate, where the need to provide cost-effective outcomes is reliant upon the principles of causality and certainty inherent in experimental designs