Epistemology at work: the ontological relationship between feminist methods, intersubjectivity and nursing research – a research exemplar
Walter, R, Glass, N & Davis, K 2001, ‘Epistemology at work: the ontological relationship between feminist methods, intersubjectivity and nursing research – a research exemplar’, Contemporary Nurse, vol. 10, no. 3-4, pp. 265-272.
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This article explores the importance of strong epistemological and ontological links in nursing research by examining the design and process of a recent research project.
The research topic concerns the relationship between self-concept and nursing practice. In this article, the authors demonstrate that commitment to a methodologically consistent process and the necessary associated epistemological and ontological positions provides a depth and structure to nursing research.
It is the authors' belief that such consistency within research acts to strengthen the research process, and consequently strengthens nursing's research base and knowledge.