Brookes, D. (2007) Understanding the value of qualitative research in nursing. Nursing Times; 103: 8, 32-33.
Qualitative research methods have become increasingly popular in healthcare in recent years. However, there are issues about the quality of the data produced and how this can be improved. This article places qualitative research in a historical context and explores issues of methodological rigour and validity. This is a summary: the full article and reference list can be accessed at nursingtimes.net.