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Nursing and researching


Fitzgerald, MA, Nursing and researching, International Journal of Nursing Practice, 3, (1) pp. 53-57. ISSN 1322-7114 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1440-172X.1997.00053.pp.x


An example from an interpretive phenomenological study of the experience of chronic illness in rural Australia is used to describe aspects of the nursing researcher relationship with study participants and to draw some comparisons between this relationship and the nurse and client relationship. Nurses are bound to serve their clients; however, the researcher's principal purpose is to come to know and understand. These different principal purposes do not necessarily mean that the two relationships are completely different processes. There is a case for making the most of some overlapping skills and to see the results as positive 'by-products'. The question as to whether, or to what extent it is possible for the researcher to help participants intentionally is an issue worthy of discussion.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:interpretive phenomenology research interview researcher/participant relationships
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fitzgerald, MA (Professor Mary Fitzgerald)
ID Code:59223
Year Published:1997
Deposited By:Nurse Education Unit
Deposited On:2009-11-25
Last Modified:2010-03-17

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