An introduction to key event mapping: A primer for nurse researchers

Lisa Carter-Harris

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To fully understand the events leading to a diagnosis, retrospective recall can help nurse researchers reconstruct important health behavior-related events. However, retrospective recall can be a challenge. Key event mapping offers nurse researchers a method beyond retrospective chart review to elicit date data to explore the pre-diagnosis time frame of an illness. The purpose of this paper is to introduce the key event mapping method to nurse researchers in search of a method of eliciting date data from participants when designing research studies that include a retrospective recall component.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-85
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Nursing Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2015


  • Calendar land marking technique
  • Key event mapping
  • Method
  • Retrospective recall

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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