Interpretive Description

ISBN-10: 1598743309

ISBN-13: 9781598743302

Edition: 2008

Authors: Sally Thorne, Margarete Sandelowski

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This book is designed to guide both new and more seasoned researchers through the steps of conceiving, designing, and implementing coherent research capable of generating new insights in clinical settings. Drawing from a variety of theoretical, methodological, and substantive strands, interpretive description provides a bridge between objective neutrality and abject theorizing, producing results that are academically credible, imaginative, and clinically practical. Replete with examples from a host of research settings in health care and other arenas, the volume will be an ideal text for applied research programs.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

My substantive research has been primarily in the fields of chronic illness and cancer experience and relational aspects of health service delivery within these illness contexts. I am intrigued by the complexity of the challenge associated with ensuring that all patients receive the information and support they require in order to live as well as possible despite these conditions. I work with health care professionals, health service decision makers, and patient advocacy groups to find better ways to assist patients in navigating health care systems and negotiating for the health supports they require. My research has focused particular attention on the insights that health care consumers contribute to our understanding of ideological and structural barriers within our current systems of service delivery. Toward this end, I also work on methodological options toward ensuring that experiential knowledge obtained from consumer perspective research is appropriately designed to be useful within an evidence-oriented health care planning context.

Interpretive Description in Theory
Qualitative Research in the Applied Disciplines
Theorizing and Application
The Nursing Example
Methodological Ancestry
Grounded Theory
Departure and Diversification
The Genesis of Interpretive Description
What Interpretive Description Is and What It Is Not
Cultivating Questions in the Clinical Field
What's the Question?
Where Have We Come From?
What Constitutes a Qualitative Question?
What Constitutes a Disciplinary Question?
What's Worth Studying Qualitatively?
Generating Questions in Interpretive Description
Finding a Researchable Problem
Framing a Research Question
Clarifying Questions Amenable to Interpretive Description
What Is Description?
What Is Interpretation?
What Is Interpretive Description?
Scaffolding a Study
Conducting a Literature Review
Finding Literature
The Impact of the Internet
Expanding and Refining your Search
Sorting and Organizing Literature
Interpreting and Writing Up Your Literature Review
Options in Writing a Literature Review
Orienting the Literature Review to Your Research Problem
Concluding the Literature Review
Clarifying the Theoretical Forestructure
Locating Theoretical Allegiances
Locating the Discipline
Positioning the Researcher Within the Ideas
Framing a Study Design
Foundational Underpinnings of Interpretive Description
Elements of Design
Mapping Out the Plan
Writing a Study Proposal
Obtaining Ethical Approval
Selecting Among Design Options
Deciding on Data Sources
Participant Observation
Focus Groups
Documentary and Other Collateral Data Sources
Using Multiple Data Sources
Strategizing a Credible Study
Sampling Approaches
Convenience Sampling
Purposive Sampling
Theoretical Sampling
Finding Terminology to Refer to Sample Members
Projecting a Sample Size
Setting Limits
Thinking Through Data Collection and Analysis
Building in Credibility Indicators
Planning and Adapting
Interpretive Description in Process
Entering the Field
Situating Self Within the Research Role
Tracking Reflections
Learning Not to Lead
Disclosing the Discipline
Stepping out of Role
Revealing and Concealing
Negotiating Informed Consent
Finding Your Tongue
Constraining Your Influence
Situating Self Within the Setting
Insiders and Outsiders
Navigating Access
Watching and Doing
Staying Safe
Honoring Confidentiality
Constructing Data
The Process of Engaging with Data
Options for Data Collection
Understanding Strengths and Weaknesses
Enhancing Quality
Focus Groups
Understanding Strengths and Weaknesses
Enhancing Quality
Participant Observation
Understanding Strengths and Weaknesses
Enhancing Quality
Managing the Collection
Protecting Data
Sorting and Organizing
Tracking Constructions
Making Sense of Data
The Work of Data Analysis
From Pieces to Patterns
The Tradition of Coding
Alternatives to Coding
From Patterns to Relationships
Knowing Your Data
Borrowing Technique
Documenting Analytic Thinking
Data Analysis in Play
Avoiding Hazards
Premature Closure
Misinterpreting Frequency
Over-Inscription of Self
Approaching the Goal
Confirming Your Bases
Expanding on Associations
Testing Relationships
Capitalizing on Outliers
Engaging the Critic
Conceptualizing Findings
Transforming Data
Envisioning a Conceptual Level
Working with Data Conceptually
The Cognitive Processes of Data Analysis
The Mechanics of Advancing Conceptual Analysis
The Art and Science of Conceptualizing
The Nature of Concepts
Conceptualizing Through Thematic Description
Drawing Analysis to Conclusion
Writing Findings
Setting the Stage
Judging Your Readiness
Deciding on Structure
Determining a Writing Style
Engaging in the Process
Finding Your Writer's Voice
Strategizing Examples
Making the Audit Trail Accessible
Avoiding Predictable Problems
Misuse of Metaphor
Descriptive or Analytic Excess
Conceptual Confusion
Interpretive Description in Context
Making Sense of Findings
Discussing Findings
Identifying What's Important
Deciding How to Interpret
Original Literature
New Literature
Extending Interpretation
Drawing Conclusions
Considering Implications
Implications for Further Research
Implications for Everything Else
Disseminating Knowledge
Professional and Scholarly Communications
Publication Options
Presentation Formats
Knowledge Transfer Projects
Public Domain Communications
Artistic Renderings
Engaging the Media
Making Use of Information Technology
Community Engagement
Enhancing Credibility
Quality Considerations
Evaluation Criteria
Epistemological Integrity
Representative Credibility
Analytic Logic
Interpretive Authority
Beyond Evaluation
Moral Defensibility
Disciplinary Relevance
Pragmatic Obligation
Contextual Awareness
Probable Truth
The Standards Imperative
Advancing Evidence with Interpretive Description
Entering the Evidence Debate
Putting Research Products to Use
Directions in Aggregating and Synthesizing
Looking Forward with Optimism
About the Author
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