Checklists for improving rigour in qualitative research: a case of the tail wagging the dog?

Rosaline S. Barbour

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    Abstract

    Checklists can be useful improving qualitative research methods, but overzealous and uncritical use can be counterproductive Reducing qualitative research to a list of technical procedures (such as purposive sampling, grounded theory, multiple coding, triangulation, and respondent validation) is overly prescriptive and results in “the tail wagging the dog” None of these “technical fixes” in itself confers rigour; they can strengthen the rigour of qualitative research only if embedded in a broader understanding of qualitative research design and data analysis Otherwise we risk compromising the unique contribution that systematic qualitative research can make to health services research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1115-1117
    Number of pages3
    JournalBMJ
    Volume322
    Issue number7294
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2001

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