Assuring quality in narrative analysis
Journal/Book: Western J Nurs Res. 1996; 18: 2455 Teller Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. Sage Publ Inc. 186-194.
Abstract: Many nurse-researchers using qualitative strategies have been concerned with assuring quality in their work. The early literature reveals that the concepts of validity and reliability, as understood from the positivist perspective, are somehow inappropriate and inadequate when applied to interpretive research. More recent literature suggests that because the positivist and interpretive paradigms are epistemologically divergent, the transfer of quality criteria from one perspective to the other is not automatic or even reasonable. The purpose of this article, therefore, is to clarify what the terms quality, trustworthiness, credibility, authenticity, and goodness mean in qualitative research findings. The process of assuring quality, validation, in qualitative research will be discussed within the context of the interpretive method, narrative analysis. A brief review of quality in narrative analysis nursing research will also be presented.
Note: Article PH Bailey, Laurentian Univ, Sch Nursing, Sudbury, on P3E 2C6, Canada