Limitations Of Qualitative Research In Nursing

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This assignment will critique the strengths and limitations of the research process of a qualitative paper. Nurses have a responsibility to provide holistic quality care to their patients; which must be based on the most up-to-date health information available (Mitchell et al. 2015). Critically analysing evidence is one of the most important steps towards promoting this evidence-based practice (Burns & Grove, 2011). Conversely, the Francis report (2012) declared that nurses need access to precise, comparable and timely information to improve practice. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2015) guidelines state that it is vital that nurses take charge of their own research to ensure use of current best evidence in practice, and developing this research will promote person centred care (McCormack 2003). However, few nurses have actual experience in conducting a research study in the clinical setting (Squires et al. 2011). To enable the critique of this qualitative paper by Paul Canning, the Caldwell framework will be used, although other frameworks will be also be accessed throughout (Appendix 1). This framework was chosen as it provided structure and clarity to the assessment process (Caldwell 2005).

The purpose of qualitative research is to gather an in-depth understanding of a lived experience (Miller 2010). The title is the first thing the reader sees and should draw the readers’ attention, be concise and inform the reader of the subject matter (Polit and Beck,
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