The study was supported by grant NR0490703 from the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health.
Finding the Findings in Qualitative Studies
Article first published online: 23 APR 2004
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 34, Issue 3, pages 213–219, September 2002
How to Cite
Sandelowski, M. and Barroso, J. (2002), Finding the Findings in Qualitative Studies. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 34: 213–219. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2002.00213.x
- Issue published online: 23 APR 2004
- Article first published online: 23 APR 2004
- Accepted for publication April 22, 2002.
- qualitative data;
- qualitative findings;
- qualitative metasynthesis;
- qualitative research;
- qualitative studies;
- research integration
Purpose: To describe the challenges of finding the findings in qualitative studies.
Method: Review of literature on representation in qualitative research and analysis of 99 reports of qualitative studies of women with HIV infection.
Findings: Factors complicating finding the findings in qualitative studies include varied reporting styles, misrepresentation of data and analytic procedures as findings, misuse of quotes and theory, and lack of clarity concerning pattern and theme. Theses and dissertations present special challenges because they often contain several of these problems.
Conclusions: Given the varied beliefs about findings among qualitative researchers, the challenge is to find ways to present findings that will make them discernible to the diverse audiences for whom they are intended, including researchers and practitioners.