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Nursing Research Using Case Studies: Qualitative Designs and Methods in Nursing

by Mary De Chesnay Springer Publishing Company
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Once considered to be a lesser pedagogical method, the case study is indeed a powerful, in-depth tool with which to examine evidence-based practice around patient care, family dynamics, professional roles, and organizational systems. Here is a unique “how-to ? guide to conducting research using case studies.


Focusing on leading and newer methodologies, the text describes the philosophical basis and state of the art for using this qualitative method. The peer-reviewed designs (including interviews, physiological measurements, psychological tests, and analysis of patients’ diaries and journals) are accompanied by an in-depth research plan, a discussion of appropriate methods, and ethical considerations.


The text provides clear directives - bolstered by nursing examples--on how to solve practical problems a researcher may encounter. Examples from international scholars who have published research using case studies are included along with coaching designed to support the new researcher in making decisions and facing challenges. Also included are book and chapter objectives, competencies, review questions, critical thinking exercises, and web links to additional information. The text is part of a series of eight concise volumes addressing a variety of methods for conducting qualitative research.


Conceived and edited by a noted expert in qualitative research, the book is designed for both novice and practicing researchers seeking to develop or expand their competency, health institution research divisions, in-service educators and students, and graduate nursing educators and students.


Key Features:


  • Explains clearly and concisely how to conduct research using case studies

  • Reviews the philosophical basis for using case studies

  • Focuses on solving practical problems related to conducting research

  • Offers rich nursing exemplars and coaching from international health/mental health contributors

  • Includes objectives, critical thinking exercises, competencies, resources, and review material for each book.



Foreword Barbara A. Anderson, DrPH, RN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

Series Foreword



1 Overview of Case Study Research

Patricia Hentz

2 State of the Art of Qualitative Case Study Methodology in Nursing Research

Johnathan D. Steppe

3 Proposal for Case Study of Obstetric Fistula

Mary de Chesnay, Jessica Ellis, and Tracey Couse

4 Case Study Research: A Methodology for Nursing

Camille Cronin

5 Case Study of Creation of a New Social Service Organization: The Hope Box

Mary de Chesnay, Sarah Koeppen, and Tiffany Turolla

6 Conducting Case Study Research: An Exemplar

Esther Sangster-Gormley

7 Coming Home: Veterans With PTSD Adapting to Life at Home

Patricia Hentz

8 Enabling Systems Raising Awareness of Breast Cancer Among Muslim Omani Women: A Case Study Exemplar

Esra Al Khasawneh and Michael C. Leocadio

9 Case Study Methods for Graduate Students

Mary de Chesnay and Genie E. Dorman

10 Canine Partners in Health Care

Leslie Himot, Tanya Gordon, Rhonda L. Harrison, and Mary de Chesnay

11 From the Horse’s Mouth: Case Study of a Handler’s Perspective of Equine-Facilitated Therapy

Christopher Hayes and Christopher R. Walker

12 “I’m the Guy With the Dog”: Life History of a Combat Veteran Suffering From PTSD and TBI

Stacey Tatroe and Laura D. Elledge

13 “Cheering Myself On: Bella’s Story

Melissa Anderson and Nancy Chambers

14 Loss of a Child to an African Family: A Phenomenological Case Study

Jacqueline Kigundu and Titus Sairo

15 Tragedy to Triumph: Life History of an Older Woman Living With AIDS

Tracey Couse and Kelly Heard

16 The Under-12 Rule: A Review on the Pediatric Lung Allocation Policy

Amy P. Pope

17 The Health Consequences of Mothers Using Drugs and the Legal System’s Call to Action

Kathy Barnett

Appendix A List of Journals That Publish Qualitative Research

Mary de Chesnay

Appendix B Essential Elements for a Qualitative Proposal

Tommie Nelms

Appendix C Writing Qualitative Research Proposals

Joan L. Bottorff

Appendix D Outline for a Research Proposal

Mary de Chesnay

Appendix E Qualitative Software Comparison

Paul Mihas


Mary de Chesnay, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, is Professor at, and former Director of, Kennesaw State University, School of Nursing, GA. Previous appointments include Interim Director, KSU Clinics at MUST Ministries, GA; Acting Dean, Seattle University, College of Nursing, where she also held an Endowed Chair as Professor; Professor and Dean, Duquesne University, School of Nursing, where she also served as First Chair; Psychiatric Health Division Program and Interim Director, Center for International Nursing; and Professor and Chair, Department of Research, Clemson University, School of Nursing. She has received 13 research grants and has authored two books: Sex Trafficking: A Clinical Guide for Nurses (Springer Publishing) and the AJN Book of the Year Award winner, Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice and Research, now in its 3rd edition. Dr. de Chesnay has published 21 journal articles in Qualitative Health Research, Journal of Nursing Management, International Journal of Medicine & Law, and others. She is former member, Editorial Board, Dimensions in Psychiatric Nursing, Advanced Practice in Nursing Quarterly, andAdvances in Nursing Science. Currently she is a reviewer forAmerican Journal of Nursing, Qualitative Health Research, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Advances in Nursing Science, and Journal of Professional Nursing. Dr. de Chesnay is a noted expert on qualitative research and a founding member and first VP of the Southern Nursing Research Society.