A holistic approach to research

  • Debra Rose Wilson
  • William Albert Wilson

Abstract

There are a number and variety of research models from which to choose when examining phenomena relevant to nursing and health. Each model reflects the underlying ontological and epistemological foundations . A purely qualitative or quantitative model does not adequately reflect a holistic view. Research models examining holistic phenomena should be congruent with holistic nursing theory. Epistemological triangulation helps ensure research grounded in a holistic epistemology. A hermeneutical approach to research design and interpretation provides a holistic framework for study. The resulting overall design should be both methodologically rigorous and congruent with holistic philosophy.

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