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Rigorous, robust and systematic: Qualitative research and its contribution to burn care. An integrative review


Kornhaber, RA and de Jong, AEE and McLean, L, Rigorous, robust and systematic: Qualitative research and its contribution to burn care. An integrative review, Burns, 41, (8) pp. 1619-1626. ISSN 0305-4179 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2015 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.burns.2015.04.007


Qualitative methods are progressively being implemented by researchers for exploration within healthcare. However, there has been a longstanding and wide-ranging debate concerning the relative merits of qualitative research within the health care literature. This integrative review aimed to exam the contribution of qualitative research in burns care and subsequent rehabilitation. Studies were identified using an electronic search strategy using the databases PubMed, Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Excerpta Medica database (EMBASE) and Scopus of peer reviewed primary research in English between 2009 to April 2014 using Whittemore and Knafls integrative review method as a guide for analysis. From the 298 papers identified, 26 research papers met the inclusion criteria. Across all studies there was an average of 22 participants involved in each study with a range of 653 participants conducted across 12 nations that focussed on burns prevention, paediatric burns, appropriate acquisition and delivery of burns care, pain and psychosocial implications of burns trauma. Careful and rigorous application of qualitative methodologies promotes and enriches the development of burns knowledge. In particular, the key elements in qualitative methodological process and its publication are critical in disseminating credible and methodologically sound qualitative research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:qualitative research, burns, nursing, integrative review
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Acute care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, RA (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
ID Code:100860
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-06-02
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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