Incorporating Documents Into Qualitative Nursing Research
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PURPOSE: To present an overview of how documents can be incorporated as key sources of data in qualitative nursing research. METHODS: Analysis of the nature of documents and the distinctive features of any research strategy to analyze documents. CONCLUSIONS: Many different strategies can be used in the analysis of documentary sources that are relevant to nursing practice. A systematic approach to the analysis of these textual resources, using one or several of the analytic strategies described here, can support and advance nursing scholarship.
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