Operationalizing reflexivity to improve the rigor of palliative care research

Johnston, B. , Pringle, J. and Buchanan, D. (2016) Operationalizing reflexivity to improve the rigor of palliative care research. Applied Nursing Research, 31, e1-e5. (doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2015.10.010) (PMID:26620579)

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Reflective practice involves deliberate consideration of actions, attitudes and behaviors. Reflexivity in research is considered important for ensuring that research is ethically and rigorously conducted. This paper details the challenges of conducting research involving patients with palliative care needs within the acute hospital environment. It discusses the contribution of reflexivity to a pilot study using the Patient Dignity Question (PDQ) “What do I need to know about you as a person to take the best care of you that I can?” as a brief intervention to foster a more person-centered climate. Challenges that emerged are discussed from the perspectives of the researchers, the participants, and the setting; they relate to: timing and recruitment, the nature of palliative care illness, attitudes to research, and the research environment. Awareness of such issues can prompt researchers to devise appropriate strategies and approaches that may inform and assist the rigor and conduct of future research.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The PDQ pilot study was funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and the NHS Tayside endowment fund.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Johnston, Professor Bridget
Authors: Johnston, B., Pringle, J., and Buchanan, D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Nursing and Health Care
Journal Name:Applied Nursing Research
Published Online:28 October 2015

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