One is the liveliest number: the case orientation of qualitative research

Res Nurs Health. 1996 Dec;19(6):525-9. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1098-240X(199612)19:6<525::AID-NUR8>3.0.CO;2-Q.


The epistemological thrust of qualitative research is case oriented. Regardless of qualitative methodology or sample size, qualitative research is quintessentially about understanding a particular in the all-together. Regardless of the kind of analytic technique employed, qualitative analysis are obliged, first and foremost, to make sense of individual cases. Looking at and through each case in a qualitative project is the basis from which researchers may make idiographic generalizations and move to cross-case comparisons to construct aggregations, syntheses, or interpretations of data from and faithful to individual cases.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Case-Control Studies*
  • Clinical Nursing Research / methods*
  • Clinical Nursing Research / standards
  • Humans
  • Knowledge