Incorporating Documents Into Qualitative Nursing Research

Authors

  • Fiona A. Miller,

    1. Fiona A. Miller, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis; Kim Alvarado, RN, BScN, Iota Omicron, Doctoral Candidate and Clinical Manager, Cardio-Respiratory Care Unit and Medical Diagnostic Unit, University Medical Centre; both at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Fiona Miller is supported in part by a Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and from resources of McMaster's Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, which is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Correspondence to Dr. Miller, McMaster University, Health Sciences Centre 3H3, 1200 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8N 3Z5. E-mail: millerf@mcmaster.ca
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  • Kim Alvarado

    1. Fiona A. Miller, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis; Kim Alvarado, RN, BScN, Iota Omicron, Doctoral Candidate and Clinical Manager, Cardio-Respiratory Care Unit and Medical Diagnostic Unit, University Medical Centre; both at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Fiona Miller is supported in part by a Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and from resources of McMaster's Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, which is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Correspondence to Dr. Miller, McMaster University, Health Sciences Centre 3H3, 1200 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8N 3Z5. E-mail: millerf@mcmaster.ca
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Abstract

Purpose: To present an overview of how documents can be incorporated as key sources of data in qualitative nursing research.

Methods: Analysis of the nature of documents and the distinctive features of any research strategy to analyze documents.

Conclusions: Many different strategies can be used in the analysis of documentary sources that are relevant to nursing practice. A systematic approach to the analysis of these textual resources, using one or several of the analytic strategies described here, can support and advance nursing scholarship.

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