Murphy, J, Hughes, JA, Read, S and Ashby, S (2021) Evidence and practice: a review of vignettes in qualitative research. Nurse Researcher, 29 (3). pp. 8-14. ISSN 1351-5578

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BACKGROUND: Developing and working through a PhD research study requires tenacity, continuous development and application of knowledge. It is paramount when researching sensitive topics to consider carefully the construction of tools for collecting data, to ensure the study is ethically robust and explicitly addresses the research question.

AIM: To explore how novice researchers can develop insight into aspects of the research process by developing vignettes as a research tool.

DISCUSSION: This article focuses on the use of vignettes to collect data as part of a qualitative PhD study investigating making decisions in the best interests of and on behalf of people with advanced dementia. Developing vignettes is a purposeful, conscious process. It is equally important to ensure that vignettes are derived from literature, have an evidence base, are carefully constructed and peer-reviewed, and are suitable to achieve the research's aims.

CONCLUSION: Using and analysing a vignette enables novice researchers to make sense of aspects of the qualitative research process and engage with it to appreciate terminology.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Vignettes can provide an effective platform for discussion when researching topics where participants may be reluctant to share sensitive real-life experiences.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final version of this accepted manuscript and all relevant information related to it, including copyrights, be found online at;
Uncontrolled Keywords: data collection; instrument design; interviews; methodology; narrative; qualitative research; research; research methods; study design
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R735 Medical education. Medical schools. Research
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Law
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2021 15:22
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2021 11:38

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