Qualitative observation in a clinical setting: challenges at end of life

Bloomer, Melissa J., Cross,Wendy, Endacott, Ruth, O'Connor, Margaret and Moss, Cheryle 2012, Qualitative observation in a clinical setting: challenges at end of life, Nursing and health sciences, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 25-31, doi: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2011.00653.x.

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Title Qualitative observation in a clinical setting: challenges at end of life
Author(s) Bloomer, Melissa J.ORCID iD for Bloomer, Melissa J. orcid.org/0000-0003-1170-3951
Cross,Wendy
Endacott, Ruth
O'Connor, Margaret
Moss, Cheryle
Journal name Nursing and health sciences
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 25
End page 31
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2012-03
ISSN 1442-2018
Keyword(s) Australia
Cultural Characteristics
Humans
Nurse-Patient Relations
Nursing Care
Nursing Methodology Research
Observation
Professional-Family Relations
Qualitative Research
Religion
Research Design
Terminal Care
Summary This paper explores the methodological challenges associated with undertaking qualitative observation in the clinical setting at end of life. The authors reflect on their experiences of using non-participant observation to explore the nursing care delivered to dying patients in acute hospital wards. The challenges of observation as a method, clearly defining the participant group and involving vulnerable populations, such as the dying patients and their families, will be discussed. Consideration is also given to defining and working within the observational field, the researchers' dual roles, cost versus benefit, impact of culture, religion and ethnicity, and the determination of research limits/boundaries, with reflections from the authors' own experiences used to exemplify the issues.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2011.00653.x
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
1110 Nursing
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 920211 Palliative Care
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081912

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