The critique of Heideggerian hermeneutical nursing research

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Within the past decade, over 25 research reports claiming to be based on Heideggerian interpretive phenomenology have been published in the nursing literature. This article reviews this research focusing on two critical issues. First, do the reports reflect a convergence of researcher understanding and participant narratives as called for by the Heideggerian tradition? Second, do Heideggerian ideas inform and enrich the studies' findings? The review reveals wide variations with regard to how these two issues are reflected in published reports. The author recommends that Heideggerian nurse researchers (a) seek to create a new narrative literature that allows for flexible and creative presentation of interpretive findings, while demanding adherence to sound interpretive scholarship, and (b) strengthen their partnerships with philosophers and other scholars so that ideas from Heideggerian interpretive phenomenology and other sources can not only guide their methods, but enrich their findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)360-373
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1999


  • Critical literature review
  • Evaluation
  • Heidegger
  • Heideggerian
  • Hermeneutics
  • Interpretive scholarship
  • Nursing research
  • Phenomenology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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