Qualitative research challenges and dilemmas

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Considering the inductive nature of qualitative studies, the research process can be challenging to novices and doctoral students at every step. Appropriate planning should be in place before the commencement of the fieldwork, as well as to be able to address any methodological contingencies that emerge during the process. Challenges and dilemmas occur at different stages of the endeavor, namely, when selecting a topic, exploring the literature, selecting the setting, protecting the rights of participants, choosing a methodology and a research design, and collecting, managing, and analyzing data. This article aims to illuminate the quandaries of a naturalistic inquiry and to teach and recommend approaches to better address them. Providing researchers with the necessary and appropriate skills May help provide applicable and trustworthy study findings and outcomes. Hence, these recommendations need to be well defined and presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-270
Number of pages7
JournalDimensions of Critical Care Nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency
  • Critical Care


  • Challenges
  • Dilemmas
  • Qualitative research


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