DYING TO KNOW: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH WITH TERMINALLY ILL PERSONS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Kristin Wright, Douglas Flemons
2002 Death Studies  
This article illustrates the use of qualitative research methods in the field of thanatology. The authors---a former doctoral candidate and her dissertation chair---describe their ongoing naturalistic inquiry of terminally ill persons and their family members. By describing the reasoning and decision-making informing their study, the authors provide an instructive"how to"on the following topics: finding a research question and a method; assessing risks and benefits; sampling; gaining
more » ... gaining entry/access to research informants; participant observation; interviewing; analyzing data, and establishing"relational integrity."In a final section, the first author offers reflections on the personal challenges she faced while conducting her research.
doi:10.1080/07481180211268 pmid:11973838 fatcat:ihhkngbn4ngzbbtonwve277af4