Ethical Considerations for the Nurse Ethnographer Doing Field Research in Clinical Settings
Ethnography literally means “portrait of a people.” Ethnographic research provides a descriptive analysis of a subculture and is the basis for theory development in such subdisciplines as cultural, social, or educational anthropology. Traditionally anthropologists have studied remote or exotic cultures but the need for ethnographic research of the many health care subcultures where nursing is practiced has been cited by a number of nurse anthropologists.
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