Exploring the audit trail for qualitative investigations

Nurse Educ. 2003 Jul-Aug;28(4):175-8. doi: 10.1097/00006223-200307000-00008.


The audit trail helps to establish the credibility of qualitative studies and serves to convince the scientific community of their rigor. The author describes the activities of the audit trail and explores the creation of its structures and processes. Excerpts of audit trails from qualitative studies are presented for faculty and students.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate
  • Education, Nursing, Graduate
  • Humans
  • Nursing Audit / methods*
  • Nursing Methodology Research / education
  • Nursing Methodology Research / methods*
  • Nursing Methodology Research / standards*
  • Peer Review, Research / methods
  • Peer Review, Research / standards
  • Qualitative Research*
  • Research Design / standards