Using observation to collect data in emergency research

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Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 2017, 20 (1), pp. 25 - 30
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© 2017 College of Emergency Nursing Australasia Research questions require specific data collection techniques to appropriately explore and understand the phenomena of interest. Observation as a term features commonly in the literature as a way to describe both the design of a study and methods deployed within procedures. Observation as a data collection method is a mode of inquiry to systematically collect information about different settings and groups. However, the objective of observation in data collection is to better understand the phenomena of interest situated in context. Specifically, observation data collection can improve understanding of practice, processes, knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes embedded in clinical work and social interactions. This pragmatic paper will assist emergency nurses and other clinicians to understand how observation can be used as a data collection method within clinical practice.
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