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Recognizability: Assessing External Validity

This week’s “Editor’s Pick” article is titled “Recognizability: A Strategy for Assessing External Validity and for Facilitating Knowledge Transfer in Qualitative Research” by Hanne Konradsen, PhD; Marit Kirkevold, DrEd; and Karin Olson, PhD.  Dr. Konradsen sent this message for our blog:

Dear ANS and readers


Hanne Konradsen

When you sit and type on your computer, you often wonder “will anyone ever read this?”, “will anyone else think this is interesting?” and “will this in any way help improve lives or situations for patients?”

In debates external validity has been an issue that has divided qualitative researchers in many different groups. We argue in this article, that recognisability could serve as a strategy for quality assessment in relation to grounded theory. And for facilitating knowledge transfer. This implies that the researcher must be active in the scientific as well as public debate. Hopefully some will read the conclusions from the research. But it is equally important that the researcher must present the results in different forums. This gives the possibility for a wide variety of people to give their opinion regarding the results, and assess the recognizability of the findings. From these responses the researcher can then collect and paint a picture of whether others find the results important and whether the results of the research can contribute to future patient care.

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Conversational Interviewing

This week’s Editor’s Pick article is titled “Making Meaning in Qualitative Research With Conversational Partnerships: A Methodological Discussion” by Susan M. Hunter Revell, PhD, RN.  In this article, Dr. Revell describes the interviewing method she uses in her research.  This is a 3-part approach to interviewing that facilitates a deep understanding of a person’s experiences.  I highly recommend this article for anyone interested in qualitative methods, because Dr. Revell provides a rich description of the method, and discusses some of the challenges she encountered in using the method.  She uses an example of her own approach to this type of interview with a person who has experienced a traumatic spinal cord injury.  By using a 3-part interview, she was able to reflect on the person’s words, the messages that Revell-wheelchair_smwere conveyed in both verbal and non-verbal elements of the interview, and plan subsequent interviews to explore meanings of the person’s experience in greater depth.  Dr. Revell starts her discussion of the example as follows:

 When using the responsive interviewing method, it is the conversational partnership that becomes the instrument in the study. The following discussion reflects on this perspective including the importance of establishing trust and rapport in the conversational partnership, challenges faced regarding the researcher role, and some unexpected findings from using the method.

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Creativity and Quality: Qualitative research with people with aphasia


Berit Arnesveen Bronken

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:


Marit Kirkevold

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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