Phenomenologic Research as a Theoretic Initiative in Community Health Nursing

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  • Helen J. Streubert Ed.D., R.N.

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    1. Helen J. Streubert is Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, CAHS, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
      Address correspondence to Helen J. Streubert, Ed.D., Department of Nursing, CAHS, Thomas Jefferson University, 130 South 9th Street, Suite 1200, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
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  • This paper was adapted from a presentation made to the Association of Community Health Educators at their Spring Institute in Seattle, Washington on June 10, 1989.

Address correspondence to Helen J. Streubert, Ed.D., Department of Nursing, CAHS, Thomas Jefferson University, 130 South 9th Street, Suite 1200, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Abstract

Phenomenologic research is a means of developing clarity on the concepts or phenomena that are the focus of community health nursing practice. Phenomenologic methodology is used in a number of disciplines, including nursing. This paper addresses how the researcher identifies the phenomena of interest, decides on the number of participants, gains access to those individuals, collects data, and analyzes and uses the findings. Specifically, community health nurses can use phenomenology to begin to define the concepts perceived to be of primary concern in the practice arena.

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