Week 9 Assignment – Methods of Qualitative Research : NURS 8200

Week 9 Assignment – Methods of Qualitative Research : NURS 8200

Week 9 Assignment – Methods of Qualitative Research : NURS 8200

NURS 8200 Week 9: Methods of Qualitative Research

Methods of Qualitative Research Assignment

In the past eight weeks of this course, you focused on quantitative research concepts and methods and have been critically evaluating a quantitative research study. This week allows you to step outside the realm of quantitative research and begin an examination of qualitative research concepts and methods.

Whereas quantitative research is based on numerical data, statistics, and mathematical approaches, qualitative research involves rich descriptions, critical analyses, and investigations into the conceptual nature of experiences and occurrences. Qualitative methods of study and analysis allow researchers to present vivid details and engage in logical and ethical discussions.

This week, you begin to explore the different concepts and methodologies related to qualitative research. You also consider challenges to performing qualitative research, including issues related to ethics. You formulate the basic components of a qualitative research study of your choice and discuss the application of qualitative methodologies to evidence-based practice.

Learning Objectives for Week 9 Assignment – Methods of Qualitative Research : NURS 8200

Students will:

  • Differentiate among phenomenology, ethnography, and grounded theory
  • Using one of the qualitative approaches, formulate a research question for a qualitative research study and anticipate challenges

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Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings for Week 9 Assignment – Methods of Qualitative Research : NURS 8200

Gray, J.R., Grove, S.K., & Sutherland, S. (2017). Burns and Grove’s the practice of nursing research: Appraisal, synthesis, and generation of evidence (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier.

  • Review Chapter 4, “Introduction to Qualitative Research”This chapter provides an overview of the logic and philosophy of qualitative research based on a holistic worldview. Review this chapter and refresh your understanding of the various types of qualitative research and the application of qualitative research in health care research and evidence-based practice.
  • Chapter 12, ““Qualitative Research Methods” (pp. 274 – 281)This section of Chapter 12 focuses on relevant methods of qualitative studies, including content analysis, narrative analysis, phenomenological research methods, and grounded theory methodology.

Allbutt, H., & Masters, H. (2010). Ethnography and the ethics of undertaking research in different mental healthcare settings. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 17(3), 210–215. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2009.01493.x

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

This article details the efforts of a year-long ethnographic research study in three mental health settings and discusses the difficulties and problems associated with trying to perform a qualitative, noninterventionist study design in a practice setting.

Sternberg, R., & Barry, C. (2011). Transnational mothers crossing the border and bringing their health care needs. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 43(1), 64–71.

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

This article discusses the procedures and findings of a qualitative study involving eight transnational Latina mothers from South Florida who came to the United States without their children and without legal documentation. The article describes essential themes in the experiences of these mothers and the implications of these themes for health care providers.

Van Aken, R., & Taylor, B. (2010). Emerging from depression: The experiential process of healing touch explored through grounded theory and case study.Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 16(3), 132–137. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2009.11.001

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

This article focuses on a qualitative study analyzing the experimental process of healing touch for people with moderate depression. Several theories were used to perform this analysis, including grounded theory and middle-range theory.

Whiting, L., & Vickers, P. (2010). Conducting qualitative research with palliative care patients: Applying Hammick’s research ethics wheel. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 16(2), 58–68.

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases. Week 9 Assignment – Methods of Qualitative Research : NURS 8200

This article elaborates on the ethical issues that surround the pursuit of research involving patients accessing palliative care for cancer. Using Hammick’s research ethics wheel (REW), the article identifies ethical issues and dilemmas and discusses the importance of ethics in research studies involving vulnerable patients.

Methods of Qualitative Research Assignment


Tobacco smoking is a major concern in the Us.  Tobacco-related illness accounts for a lot of hospital admissions and a large number of economic costs. “Considered the leading cause of preventable death, smoking-related illnesses account for over 480,000 deaths each year in the U.S. The economic costs associated with smoking reach over 300 billion dollars annually” (KAVA, PARKER, BAQUERO, CURRY, GILBERT, SAUDER & SEWELL, 2018).  Majority of people who quit smoking usually return to smoking.

How does support from informal helpers help with smoking cessation and decrease the chances of return smoking?

This research question should be answered through grounded theory methodology.  This method was chosen because it examines processes, with a focus on the behavior and views of participants, creating an abstract representation and interpretation of the data.


Challenges faced within this research study would be finding willing participants serious about smoking cessation. Through this process the participants would be asked a series of open-ended questions and a challenge within this would be participants being honest about their past smoking cessation experiences along with smoking triggers and family support.  Funding for this research may be a challenge as smoking and smoking-related complications is a financial burden on the economy, it may be hard to develop funding for the research due to the fear that participants will resort back smoking. Week 9 Assignment – Methods of Qualitative Research : NURS 8200.

Strengths and weaknesses of your selected research method

The strengths of grounded theory as it pertains to this research study are the systemic approach to data analysis along with the creativity it offers to be able to properly interview.  The challenges are High Potential for Methodological Error this research study will require multiple open-ended questions which can lead room for error and none accurate data.

Other qualitative methods that could be used to research your selected topic

Another option to conduct this research study is Ethnographic research: Ethnographic research is the most in-depth observational method that studies people in their naturally occurring environment. For this research study participants can be interviewed within their natural habitat this may give an idea of smoking triggers and reasons for relapse after smoking cessation.


Kava, C. M., Parker, E. A., Baquero, B., Curry, S. J., Gilbert, P. A., Sauder, M., & Sewell, D. K. (2018). A qualitative assessment of the smoking policies and cessation activities at smaller workplaces. BMC Public Health, 18(1), 1094. org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1186/s12889-018-6001-9