Insider-outsider perspectives of participant observation

Nurse Res. 2002;9(4):7-19. doi: 10.7748/nr2002.


Ann Bonner and Gerda Tolhurst provide personal accounts of their experiences in conducting research involving participant observation. Issues discussed include the advantages and disadvantages of nurse researchers as insiders and outsiders. Also considered are strategies used to overcome both researcher effect and participant response to the researcher.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection / methods*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Nursing Methodology Research / methods*
  • Nursing Staff / psychology*
  • Social Behavior*