Research Assistant RGN and Alison While BSc MSc PhD RGN R H V Cert Ed Professor of Community Nursing, Kingâs College London, Department of Nursing Studies, London. England Accepted f r publication 26 May 1993 o BARRIBALL K. L. & WHILE A. (1994) lournal of Advanced Nursing 19, 328-335 Collecting data using a semi-structured interview: a discussion paper This paper discusses some of the measures used by a research team to overcome threats to validity and reliability o a semi-stmctured interview f exploring the perceptions and needs of continuing professional education among nurses in practice in two district health authorities. BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY INTRODUCTION Every research project consists of several phases, begins with the selection of a topic to study and ends with the dissemination of the research findings. Each step within this research process has the potential to influence the research output and it is important that all researchers attempt âto avoid as much error as possible during all phases of the research in order to increase the credibility of the resultsâ (Brink 1989). In order to attain credibility, the research process must be both valid and reliable which, as Brink has argued, is a major
Journal of Advanced Nursing – Wiley
Published: Feb 1, 1994
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