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The Nature of Qualitative Evidence
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The Nature of Qualitative Evidence



April 2001 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
What constitutes qualitative evidence? This book will break new ground by providing urgently needed standards for qualitative inquiry and tackle the significant issues of what constitutes qualitative evidence. In particular, this book will address the place of qualitative evidence in the planning delivery, and evaluation of health care. The authors first examine the status of qualitative research as evidence versus as "opinion." They then examine such topics as: who decides what counts as evidence, the nature of outcomes, how to evaluate qualitative evidence, constructing evidence within the qualitative project, and research utilization and qualitative research. They conclude with perspectives on the issue of standards for qualitative investigation.
 
PART ONE: THE NATURE OF EVIDENCE
Ross E G Upshur
The Status of Qualitative Research as Evidence
Irene Madjar and Jo Ann Walton
What Is Problematic about Evidence?
 
PART TWO: THE NATURE OF THE QUESTION
Lynne Ray and Maria Mayan
Who Decides What Counts as Evidence?
Janice M Swanson
Questions in Use
 
PART THREE: THE NATURE OF STANDARDS
Anton J Kuzel and John D Engel
Some Pragmatic Thoughts about Evaluating Qualitative Evidence
Sally E Thorne
The Implications of Disciplinary Agenda on Quality Criteria for Qualitative Research
Nancy Gibson, Ginger Gibson and Ann C Macauley
Community-Based Research
Negotiating Research Agendas and Evaluating Outcomes  
 
PART FOUR: THE NATURE OF ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION
Lynn M Meadows and Janice M Morse
Constructing Evidence within the Qualitative Project
Janice M Morse
Qualitative Verification
Building Evidence by Extending Basic Findings  
 
PART FIVE: THE NATURE OF UTILIZATION
Janice M Swanson
The Nature of Outcomes
Kärin Olson
Using Qualitative Research in Clinical Practice
Carole A Estabrooks
Research Utilization and Qualitative Research

"The writing is scholarly and the content is rich, varied, and liberally seasoned with practical examples to illustrate situations in which open enquiry has generated important qualitative evidence."

Michael Obrecht
The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation
The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation

Very accessible book, well written and clear and will be added to the reading list.

Miss Ann Marie Rice
Division of Nursing and Health Care, Glasgow University
September 8, 2012

this is an excellent book and is supplemental for students wishing to do qualitative research; I think that it is an essential text for university and college libraries. I do think that this is a worthwhile and valuable resource for qualitative research students.

Mrs Margaret Williams
Nursing, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
January 26, 2011

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