Principles of doing research

  • Janice M. Morse
  • Peggy Anne Field


Once the proposal is approved, and institutional approvals and funding have been obtained, the actual research can start. Beginning researchers (and even the more experienced embarking on a new project) report that starting is a very stressful time, and that knocking on the door of the first participant was the most difficult thing they had ever done. This difficulty may arise from the lack of structure in the qualitative research process, which leaves the researcher feeling that a lot could possibly go wrong (for example, that a prospective participant will refuse to enter the study). On the other hand, if participant observation is a part of the design, there is the awkwardness of not knowing ‘what to do’ or how to fit into the research setting.


Qualitative Research Public Health Nurse American Anthropological Association Informal Leader Suspected Child Abuse 
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© Janice M. Morse and Peggy Anne Field 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Janice M. Morse
    • 1
  • Peggy Anne Field
    • 2
  1. 1.School of NursingPennsylvania State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of NursingUniversity of AlbertaCanada

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