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NURS 4610: Translating Evidence for Nursing Practice: Qualitative Studies

What is a Qualitative Study?

Qualitative studies in contrast to quantitative studies, analyze words and text instead of numbers and figures.  Qualitative research is exploratory and non-experimental.  It seeks to explore meaning, experiences and phenomena among study participants.  Qualitative data is collected from participants' stories, open-ended responses, and viewpoints collected from focus groups, interviews, observations or detailed records (Schmidt & Brown, 2019, pp. 221-224).  

JBI Level of Evidence (under Levels of Evidence for Meaningfulness):

3 - Single qualitative study

For more information, please refer to the JBI Levels of Evidence (LOE) Information in your Blackboard course site (under Module 7) or see Dr. Reuille's LOE document below: 

PRO TIPS: Qualitative Research Checklist

Each JBI Checklist provides tips and guidance on what to look for to answer each question.  These tips begin on page 4. 

Below are some additional Frequently Asked Questions about the Qualitative Research Checklist that have been asked students in previous semesters. 

Frequently Asked Question Response
Nearly every question asks about "congruity." What exactly does this mean in terms of qualitative research, and what should I be looking for?  In a qualitative study, it is important that all elements of the study - the objectives, methods, theoretical/conceptual framework, qualitative data gathering - all fit together in agreement and that they make sense. Please see page 4 of the JBI Qualitative Checklist for explanatory notes for each question, which elaborate on this concept further. 
For Question 6, where can I find a statement in my article about the researcher's cultural or theoretical orientation?  Sometimes, authors of a qualitative study will provide details about their own cultural or theoretical background. Look for this information in the beginning of the study or in the methods section.