The first edition of Interpretive Description established itself as the key resource for novice and intermediate level researchers in applied settings for conducting a qualitative research project with practical outcomes. In the second edition, leading qualitative researcher Sally Thorne retains the clear, straightforward guidance for researchers and students in health, social service, mental health, and related fields. This new edition includes additional material on knowledge synthesis and integration, evidence-based practice, and data analysis. In addition, this book
takes the reader through the qualitative research process, from research design through fieldwork, analysis, interpretation, and application of the results;
provides numerous examples from a variety of applied fields to show research in action;
uses an accessible style and affordable price to be the ideal book for teaching qualitative research in clinical and applied disciplines.
Sally Thorne, is a Professor at the School of Nursing and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia. The research emphasis of her career has been toward exploring how structural and attitudinal aspects of contemporary health care systems shape the illness experience of persons affected by cancer or chronic disease. Dr. Thorne has made a major contribution to qualitative research by developing interpretive description as a methodological option for those whose research reflects the aspirations of applied disciplines, including the health and social service professions. She is a widely published scholar and author, edits the renowned journal Nursing Inquiry on the ideas affecting nursing and health care, and is a committed educator and mentor. By virtue of her expertise on the nature of knowledge for applied practice, she is internationally sought after as a qualitative methodological consultant.
Preface PART ONE: INTERPRETIVE DESCRIPTION IN THEORY One: Introduction: Qualitative Research in the Applied Disciplines // Two: Cultivating Questions in the Clinical Field // Three: Scaffolding a Study // Four: Framing a Study Design // Five: Strategizing a Credible Study PART TWO: INTERPRETIVE DESCRIPTION IN PROCESS Six: Entering the Field // Seven: Constructing Data // Eight: Making Sense of Data // Nine: Conceptualizing Findings // Ten: Writing Findings PART THREE: INTERPRETIVE DESCRIPTION IN CONTEXT Eleven: Making Sense of Findings // Twelve: Disseminating Knowledge // Thirteen: Enhancing Credibility // Fourteen: Advancing Evidence with Interpretive Description References About the Author