Defining Exploratory-Descriptive Qualitative (EDQ) research and considering its application to healthcare

Hunter, D., McCallum, J. and Howes, D. (2019) Defining Exploratory-Descriptive Qualitative (EDQ) research and considering its application to healthcare. Journal of Nursing and Health Care, 4(1),

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This article aims to introduce readers to a distinctive approach to health research when the topic under investigation has received little previous attention. It provides details of the theoretical underpinnings of the methodology, as well as providing recommendations regarding the practicalities of its use. To address a specific research aim, the primary author believed that an exploratory descriptive qualitative approach was the most suitable. A subsequent review of the relevant literature identified a number of published research articles, which claimed to use an "exploratory descriptive qualitative" design. Closer inspection revealed that these papers lacked theoretical underpinning. As a result, the authors created a conceptual framework, underpinned by appropriate theory, to support the use of an exploratory descriptive qualitative approach. We refer to this approach as EDQ and argue that there is a place in health research when it is deemed the most appropriate methodology to achieve the aims of a study.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hunter, Dr David and Howes, Dora
Authors: Hunter, D., McCallum, J., and Howes, D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Nursing and Health Care
Journal Name:Journal of Nursing and Health Care
Publisher:Global Science and Technology Forum
ISSN (Online):2345-7198
Copyright Holders:Copyright ┬ęThe Author(s) 2019
First Published:First published in Journal of Nursing and Health Care 4(1)
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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