This latest edition of Resources for Nursing Research provides a comprehensive bibliography of sources on nursing research and includes references for books, journal papers and Internet resources. This Fourth Edition covers the disciplines of nursing, health care, and the social sciences.

Methods of Data Collection

Methods of data collection

Critical Incident Technique

The critical incident technique employs a set of principles for collecting data on observable human activities. It provides a flexible way of examining interpersonal communication skills and has been used in many nursing studies. Incidents are of particular value because it is reality that is being described rather than hypothetical situations.

Definitions [See Appendix D for Sources]

Critical incident – an observable type of human activity which is sufficiently complete in itself to permit inferences and predictions to be made about the person performing the act. To be critical it must be performed in a situation where the purpose or intent of the act seems fairly clear to the observer, and its consequences are sufficiently definite so there ...

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