Creativity and Quality: Qualitative research with people with aphasia
The authors of the current Editor’s Pick article in ANS provide an inspirational example of overcoming a research challenge that may seem impossible! The challenge: to understand the experience of people with aphasia, despite their limitations in being able to convey their experience in spoken or written language. The authors, Berit Arnesveen Bronken, MNS and Marit Kirkevold, EdD, provide thought-provoking explanations to address this challenge. In addition, their approaches and their conclusions provide creative and rigorous approaches for conducting qualitative studies with all populations. This article, titled “Between the Lines: Generating Good Qualitative Data in Studies Involving Persons With Aphasia” is a “must read” for anyone who is planning and conducting qualitative research. Here is a description of their work:
Studying experiences of persons with aphasia following stroke challenge traditional norms of generating data of good quality because the research methods are based on abilities to produce and understand oral and written language, read and write. A longitudinal design, using a combination of research methods contributed to generate relevant and important data from a dialogue-based nursing intervention which included persons with moderate to severe aphasia.
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