What experience, situation, or subculture does the researcher seek to understand?
Does the researcher want to produce a description of an experience, a social process, or an event, or is the goal to generate a theory?
How was data collected?
How did the researcher control his or her biases and preconceptions?
Are specific pieces of data (e.g., direct quotes) and more generalized statements (themes, theories) included in the report?
What are the main findings of the study?
Is the study published in a source
that required peer review? Yes No Not clear
Were the methods used appropriate
to the study purpose? Yes No Not clear
Was the sampling of observations or
interviews appropriate and varied
enough to serve the purpose of the study? Yes No Not clear
*Were data collection methods
effective in obtaining in-depth data? Yes No Not clear
Did the data collection methods
avoid the possibility of oversight,
overrepresentation from certain
types of sources? Yes No Not clear
Were data collection and analysis
intermingled in a dynamic way? Yes No Not clear
*Is the data presented in ways that
provide a vivid portrayal of what was
experienced or happened and its
context? Yes No Not clear
*Does the data provided justify
generalized statements, themes,
or theory? Yes No Not clear
Are the findings credible? Yes All Yes Some No
*Are the findings rich and informative? Yes No Not clear
*Is the perspective provided
potentially useful in providing
insight, support, or guidance
for assessing patient status