Involving older people in research: practical considerations when using the authenticity criteria in constructivist inquiry

Brown Wilson, Christine and Clissett, Philip (2011) Involving older people in research: practical considerations when using the authenticity criteria in constructivist inquiry. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67 3: 677-686. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05500.x


Author Brown Wilson, Christine
Clissett, Philip
Title Involving older people in research: practical considerations when using the authenticity criteria in constructivist inquiry
Journal name Journal of Advanced Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0309-2402
1365-2648
Publication date 2011-03
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05500.x
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 67
Issue 3
Start page 677
End page 686
Total pages 10
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim.  The purpose of this paper is to identify practical suggestions that could enable other researchers to consider how quality may be evidenced using constructivist principles including the perspectives of older people and their caregivers.

Background.  Constructivism suggests that reality is part of a social construction, which holds different meanings for each person, in which people are active agents, making autonomous decisions. This approach to research has been identified as suitable for health and social care professionals because these underpinning principles reflect the values of these professions, facilitating the involvement of users and carers. The authenticity criteria have been developed to reflect these philosophical principles but have been criticized for their inaccessible language. To incorporate user and carer perspectives, the criteria have been revised into a more accessible model matrix known as the AldreVast Sjuharad criteria.

Discussion.  This paper reports on two constructivist studies that explored relationships between older people, families and staff in different settings – the community and care homes. Examples from both settings demonstrate how the perspectives of users and carers were incorporated throughout the research process. Following the AldreVast Sjuharad model matrix, practical guidance is provided on how the quality of constructivist research may be implemented in nursing research.

Conclusions.  The different settings in this paper influenced how the AldreVast Sjuharad model matrix was applied. Further work is needed in exploring how the perspective of users and carers may be incorporated into the quality process of constructivist research.
Keyword Constructivism
Older people
Users and carers
Users involvement in research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 15 NOV 2010

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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