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Using diaries to collect data in phenomenological research

Morrell-Scott, NE (2018) Using diaries to collect data in phenomenological research. Nurse Researcher, 25 (4). pp. 26-29. ISSN 1351-5578

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Abstract

Background: Diaries are an under-used method of data collection within nursing research. The use of diaries for qualitative research can allow for a contemporaneous insight into the lived experience of the person completing the diary.
Aim: The article will allow for an understanding of how diaries can gain the richness required from qualitative data.
Discussion: This article explores the use of diaries as a data collection tool, when undertaking qualitative research. Diaries can provide an unadulterated insight into a phenomenological perspective, to gain perceptions and insights into the required phenomenon. Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) is explored as a method of data collection when using diaries in qualitative phenomenological research.
Conclusion: This article provides an overview of the use of diaries as a data collection method for qualitative phenomenological research. Diaries are an option for those who wish to collect data in a personal and unique way.
Implications for practice: Diaries can be utilised as a data collection method to gain a rich insight into a phenomenon of interest.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted version of the following article published in Nurse Researcher, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.7748/nr.2018.e1527
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1110 Nursing
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0440 Study and Teaching. Research
Divisions: School of Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: RCN Publishing
Date Deposited: 15 May 2018 10:38
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2018 06:04
DOI or Identification number: 10.7748/nr.2018.e1527
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8668

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