Developing a framework as a concourse management strategy: a selected literature review to guide novice researchers using Q methodology

Kenward, Linda (2018) Developing a framework as a concourse management strategy: a selected literature review to guide novice researchers using Q methodology. Nurse Researcher . Item availability may be restricted.

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Background: For novice researchers in Q Methodology the development of the concourse is challenging. This challenge is exacerbated by the paucity of literature focussing on concourse development.

Aims of paper: To highlight the lack of strategy related to concourse development within Q Methodology literature and to undertake a selected literature review to suggested frameworks for concourse development in order to guide researchers to possible options for usable frameworks.

Design and data source: A limited search was conducted using CINAHL PLUS to synthesise relevant peer reviewed publications in 1990-2017. This ‘snapshot’ of papers appraises the variety of concourse strategies used in Q studies.

Review method: 44 papers were reviewed using five criteria interrogating the detail of concourse development. These included; means of gathering concourse data, whether themes were generated, or alternative frameworks was used, sources of frameworks and whether the limitations of strengths of concourse development were discussed in papers.

Results: 23 papers used no framework, 21 used one of four types of framework; thematic, profession specific, broader health and social care frameworks or a framework that the researchers devised specifically for their research.

Conclusion: The Q Methodology literature frequently lacks discussion around the development of the concourse. Therefore, studies that focus on concourse development should be a focus of future research along with the further development of the ideas put forward in this paper for possible frameworks.

Implications for practice: This paper raises awareness within and outside the Q Methodology community that novice researchers want to use Q Methodology but may require more detail within published research on how concourses can be constructed in a robust way.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Nurse Researcher
Publisher: RCN Publishing (RCNi)
ISSN: 2047-8992
Departments: Nursing, Health & Professional Practice (NHPP)
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 14:49
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2018 05:41

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