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DUQUE PARAMO, María Claudia; CASTELLANOS SORIANO, Fabiola  and  BUITRAGO GARCIA, Carolina. Qualitative Research in nursing in Colombia (1990-2010). Enferm. glob. [online]. 2014, vol.13, n.36, pp.208-222. ISSN 1695-6141.

In this article, we present an analysis of the Qualitative Research (QR) in nursing in Colombia, which was based on a qualitative case study design that included key informants interviews complemented by document review. Data were collected in a parallel manner between June and October 2011. We conducted 19 semi-structured interviews with researchers of Colombian universities that have been central actors in the QR nursing in Colombia and we reviewed 159 documents published by Colombian nursing researchers between 1990 and 2010 mainly in Colombian and Latin American journals. The interpretative analysis that we present include the following themes: the beginnings of QR in nursing in Colombia; the topics, approaches and populations; and finally, the contributions, limitations, and challenges for the future. Through their practice on QR Colombian nurses have raised criticisms of the hegemonic positivist and biologists models of health research studies; they have conducted research studies with various individuals and population groups; they have used different approaches and methods such as ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, among the ones with higher frequency; they have had limitations related to the quality and rigor, lack of recognition, lack of time, and difficulties in funding and publications. Despite these limitations, Colombian nurses conducting QR have helped to give a complex look and humanization of nursing care and currently work in achieving greater impact of their research on policies and social action.

Keywords : Qualitative Research; Nursing Methodology Research; Nursing Research; Nursing; Colombia.

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