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Paediatr Nurs. 2006 Apr;18(3):44-6.

Understanding some naturalistic research methodologies.

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City University, St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery.


This article aims to redress the confusion surrounding the meaning of research terms. While most textbooks outline the meanings of different research terms in a way that is very abstract for many readers, this article has taken the opposite approach. It outlines a fictitious scenario and uses it to explain some of the more common research terms from the naturalistic paradigm - research data collected within the natural setting such as an outpatients clinic or health centre, as opposed to a controlled laboratory setting. This type of research is often referred to as qualitative research.

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