Mindmaps: establishing 'trustworthiness' in qualitative research

Sines, David and Whiting, Mark (2012) Mindmaps: establishing 'trustworthiness' in qualitative research. Nurse Researcher, 20 (1). pp. 21-27. ISSN 1351-5578

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Abstract

Aim: To present the use of mind maps as a way of seeking participant verification of an emerging theoretical framework. Data sources: Exploratory interviews, based on three pre-identified study themes - impact, need for help and support, and meaning and/or sense-making — were carried out with the parents of three sub-groups of children with disabilities or complex health needs. These were: children with disabilities, children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses, and children dependent on technology. A random sample of participants was subsequently presented with a series of mind maps that represented the themes, categories and sub-categories (and the relationships between them) contained within a rich and complex dataset. Participants were invited to confirm or challenge elements of the mind maps to verify the researcher's interpretation of their experiences when caring for their children. Discussion: Major areas of consistency were identified in the experience of parents of children across the three study sub-groups. Conclusion: Mind-maps are already well established as a tool for analysing complex data sets. This study offers a novel approach to the use of mind maps as a means of seeking participant verification of an emerging theoretical framework. Implications for research/practice: The use of mind maps when seeking participant verification of qualitative data will require further testing.

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Date Deposited: 30 May 2013 13:10
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URI: http://bucks.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/9998

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