Practical guidance for the use of a pattern-matching technique in case-study research : a case presentation

Almutairi, Adel, Gardner, Glenn E., & McCarthy, Alexandra L. (2014) Practical guidance for the use of a pattern-matching technique in case-study research : a case presentation. Nursing and Health Sciences, 16(2), pp. 239-244.

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Abstract

This paper reports on a study that demonstrates how to apply pattern matching as an analytical method in case-study research. Case-study design is appropriate for the investigation of highly-contextualized phenomena that occur within the social world. Case-study design is considered a pragmatic approach that permits employment of multiple methods and data sources in order to attain a rich understanding of the phenomenon under investigation. The findings from such multiple methods can be reconciled in case-study analysis, specifically through a pattern-matching technique. Although this technique is theoretically explained in the literature, there is scant guidance on how to apply the method practically when analyzing data. This paper demonstrates the steps taken during pattern matching in a completed case-study project that investigated the influence of cultural diversity in a multicultural nursing workforce on the quality and safety of patient care. The example highlighted in this paper contributes to the practical understanding of the pattern-matching process, and can also make a substantial contribution to case-study methods.

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ID Code: 64761
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: analytical method, case study, cultural diversity, multicultural nursing workforce, pattern matching
DOI: 10.1111/nhs.12096
ISSN: 1442-2018
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2013 04:27
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2015 19:55

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