Midwifery research by midwifery researchers: challenges and considerations

Jennifer McNeill, Ann Nolan

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Abstract

This paper will discuss some of the challenges which may be encountered by midwifery researchers when conducting research where the research setting is familiar or study participants are known to the researchers. The paper identifies some of the key challenges which should be considered such as researching in a familiar culture, perception of participants, sample selection, finding space in the setting and interview dynamics. Examples are provided from three previous qualitative research projects conducted by the authors in educational and clinical settings with both pre registration and post registration midwives (pre and post registration). Each of the key issues will be discussed highlighting specific issues relevant to each with further consideration of how these issues may impact on progress of the project, data collected and subsequent findings. Finally, these will be drawn together with recommendations for future research conducted by midwives or where the setting or participants are known to the researchers. Although the paper is focused on midwifery research the issues raised may bear relevance in other areas where the setting or participants are known to researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-65
Number of pages5
JournalEvidence Based Midwifery
Volume9 (2)
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

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