Formulating A Qualitative Research Study

Formulating a Qualitative Research Study

The process of formulating a qualitative research study is very similar to that of a quantitative research study. A qualitative research study, like its quantitative counterpart, begins with a broad topic of interest, which is then narrowed down to a specific research question or set of questions about which the researcher would like to gather data. As with all research, it is important for the researcher to identify an appropriate methodology to provide a focus for the procedures of gathering data in a qualitative study.

To prepare:

  • Using      the Learning Resources as a guide, determine a qualitative research topic      that is of interest to you and applies to a clinical practice area.
  • With      your selected topic, formulate at least one research question that could      serve as the basis for a qualitative research study.
  • Consider      which of the following qualitative research methods would best address      your selected research question: phenomenology, ethnography, or grounded      theory. Why is that method appropriate?
  • Anticipate      any issues (related to ethics, credibility, management, funding, etc.) you      might encounter if you were to engage in this research project, and      consider how you would handle them.
  • Ask      yourself: What other qualitative methods could be used to address my      selected qualitative research topic? What are the strengths and weaknesses      of these methods?

By tomorrow Tuesday October 24, 2017 at 8pm, post a minimum of 550 words essay in APA format and at least 3 references (see list of required readings below). Include the level one headings as number below:

Post a cohesive response that addresses the following:

1) Summarize your selected qualitative research topic and research question(s) and identify your selected methodology for gathering data about the question(s). Explain why you chose that particular methodology and how it would be useful to the qualitative research topic you selected (see sample qualitative to select from below).

2) Identify and elaborate on the challenges (related to ethics, credibility, management, funding, etc.) you might encounter if you were to engage in this research project.

3) Describe the strengths and weaknesses of your selected research method (phenomenology, ethnography, and grounded theory) in terms of the research project you selected.

4) Discuss at least one other qualitative method that could be used to research your selected topic

Example of qualitative questions plus methodology (please choose one only to write on).

Grounded theory:

  1. What      are the attitudes of elderly people with stroke towards the daily use of      assistive devices and technologies?
  2. what is the process      of reimaging after an alteration in body appearance or function?


  1. What      role does the therapist’s spirituality play in the treatment of his or her      patients?
  2. How      do female high school teachers who have been physically assaulted by      students overcome their fears, so they can effectively teach?
  3. what is the lived      experience of adults who are integrating a hearing loss into their lives?


  1. How      do adolescent Latinas/Latinos conceptualize classroom participation      processes shape active oral participation?
  2. what is it like to      be a young urban African-American who has at least one AIDS-afflicted      family member?

Required Readings

Gray, J.R., Grove, S.K., & Sutherland, S. (2017). Burns and Grove’s the practice of nursing research: Appraisal, synthesis, and generation of evidence (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier.

  • Review      Chapter 4, “Introduction to Qualitative Research”

This chapter provides an overview of the logic and philosophy of qualitative research based on a holistic worldview. Review this chapter and refresh your understanding of the various types of qualitative research and the application of qualitative research in health care research and evidence-based practice.

  • Chapter      12, ““Qualitative Research Methods” (pp. 274 – 281)

This section of Chapter 12 focuses on relevant methods of qualitative studies, including content analysis, narrative analysis, phenomenological research methods, and grounded theory methodology.

Allbutt, H., & Masters, H. (2010). Ethnography and the ethics of undertaking research in different mental healthcare settings. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 17(3), 210–215. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2009.01493.x 

This article details the efforts of a year-long ethnographic research study in three mental health settings and discusses the difficulties and problems associated with trying to perform a qualitative, noninterventionist study design in a practice setting.

Sternberg, R., & Barry, C. (2011). Transnational mothers crossing the border and bringing their health care needs. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 43(1), 64–71. 

This article discusses the procedures and findings of a qualitative study involving eight transnational Latina mothers from South Florida who came to the United States without their children and without legal documentation. The article describes essential themes in the experiences of these mothers and the implications of these themes for health care providers.

Van Aken, R., & Taylor, B. (2010). Emerging from depression: The experiential process of healing touch explored through grounded theory and case study. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 16(3), 132–137. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2009.11.001 

This article focuses on a qualitative study analyzing the experimental process of healing touch for people with moderate depression. Several theories were used to perform this analysis, including grounded theory and middle-range theory.

Whiting, L., & Vickers, P. (2010). Conducting qualitative research with palliative care patients: Applying Hammick’s research ethics wheel. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 16(2), 58–68. 

This article elaborates on the ethical issues that surround the pursuit of research involving patients accessing palliative care for cancer. Using Hammick’s research ethics wheel (REW), the article identifies ethical issues and dilemmas and discusses the importance of ethics in research studies involving vulnerable patients.

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