Campbell, S and Greenwood, M and Prior, S and Shearer, T and Walkem, K and Young, S and Bywaters, D and Walker, K, Purposive sampling: complex or simple? Research case examples, Journal of Research in Nursing, 25, (8) pp. 652-661. ISSN 1744-9871 (2020) [Refereed Article]
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Aims: The aim of this paper is to outline the nature and intent of purposive sampling, presenting three different case studies as examples of its application in different contexts.
Results: Presenting individual case studies has highlighted how purposive sampling can be integrated into varying contexts dependent on study design. The sampling strategies clearly situate each study in terms of trustworthiness for data collection and analysis. The selected approach to purposive sampling used in each case aligns to the research methodology, aims and objectives, thus addressing each of the aspects of rigour.
Conclusions: Making explicit the approach used for participant sampling provides improved methodological rigour as judged by the four aspects of trustworthiness. The cases presented provide a guide for novice researchers of how rigour may be addressed in qualitative research.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||research, case studies, interview research, novice nurse researchers, purposive sampling, study design, trustworthiness|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Field:||Nursing not elsewhere classified|
|Objective Group:||Other health|
|Objective Field:||Other health not elsewhere classified|
|UTAS Author:||Campbell, S (Professor Steven Campbell)|
|UTAS Author:||Greenwood, M (Associate Professor Melanie Greenwood)|
|UTAS Author:||Prior, S (Dr Sarah Prior)|
|UTAS Author:||Shearer, T (Mrs Toniele Shearer)|
|UTAS Author:||Walkem, K (Ms Kerrie Walkem)|
|UTAS Author:||Young, S (Ms Sarah Young)|
|UTAS Author:||Bywaters, D (Mrs Danielle Bywaters)|
|UTAS Author:||Walker, K (Professor Kim Walker)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||12|
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