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A critical analysis of articles using a Gadamerian based research method

Fleming, V and Robb, Y (2019) A critical analysis of articles using a Gadamerian based research method. Nursing Inquiry, 26 (2). ISSN 1320-7881

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Abstract

It is over 20 years since Michael Crotty's groundbreaking critique of phenomenological research in nursing. However, rather than entering into the acrimonious discussions that followed, we developed a research method that we believed translated Gadamer's philosophy into the world of empirical research. Fundamental to that work was our differentiation of hermeneutics from phenomenology. The aim of the present paper was to provide a critical analysis of the citations from publication in 2003 until the end of 2017. We identified 402 citations of which 362 were included. One hundred and sixty‐three articles mentioned the article in passing, usually in a list of authors who had discussed hermeneutics. Sixteen citations misrepresented the method mainly claiming that we discussed a method for hermeneutic phenomenology (or phenomenological hermeneutics). Of the 117 citations that partially used the method, the main focus was the four steps of data analysis. Sixty studies used our method in totality although they derive from varying philosophical standpoints. Disappointingly, there has been little critique of our Gadamerian research method. For health disciplines to truly make progress in the academic stage, it is vital that we engage in with critique, some of which will come through open and honest reflexive engagement with our topics.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Fleming, V, Robb, Y. A critical analysis of articles using a Gadamerian based research method. Nurs Inq. 2019; 26:e12283. https://doi.org/10.1111/nin.12283 , which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nin.12283 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1110 Nursing
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: Wiley
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Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2019 08:00
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2019 08:00
DOI or Identification number: 10.1111/nin.12283
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11213

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