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Web-Based Research Using Delphi Methodology to Explore the Discrepancy in Qualitative Research
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Volume 1, 2014
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Muayyad Ahmad, Faculty of Nursing, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
Ahmad Saleh, Faculty of Nursing, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
Ahmad Rayan, Faculty of Nursing, Zarqa University, Zarqa, Jordan.
Izzeddin Abu Bdair, Faculty of Nursing, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
Khulood Batarseh, Faculty of Nursing, KHMC\PMCN, Amman, Jordan.
Fuad Abuadas, Faculty of Nursing, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
Rana Elayyan, Faculty of Nursing, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
Yahya Najjar, Faculty of Nursing, Al-Balqa'a Applied University, Amman, Jordan.
Sajidah Al-Hawamdih, Faculty of Nursing, Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Amman, Jordan.
Hamza Ratrout, Faculty of Nursing, King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA.
Nawal Abu-Abboud, Faculty of Nursing, KHMC\PMCN, Amman, Jordan.
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify the key discrepancies in the qualitative research approach and its effect on research outcomes using Delphi web technique. Methods: An electronic questionnaire was used to collect experts’ opinions over two rounds. A panel of 24 experts filled questionnaire in the first round and 17 of them continued in the second round. Answers to open-ended questions were tabulated, summarized and analyzed thematically generating 44 items. Participants then were asked to rate their level of agreement with these item statements in the second round. Results: Scholars used and viewed the same qualitative approaches differently with a percentage of 76.5%. The paradigm for qualitative research is not well defined with a percentage of 70.6%. Every book and every published research article seems to describe qualitative methods differently. Furthermore, schools of qualitative research defined assumptions and their purposes differently. Conclusion: Recently there is an increase in using qualitative research methods in nursing. For novice researchers, a qualitative approach is not always clear. The experts were from different countries with diverse experiences and reached the consensus on some topics. This survey implies that the qualitative textbooks need to be more consistent with more simplification of the ambiguous terms.
Delphi, Qualitative Research, Discrepancy, Web-Based
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