Journal Articles

Sandelowski, M., & Leeman, J. (2012). Writing usable qualitative health research findings. Qualitative Health Research, 22(10), 1404–1413. doi:10.1177/1049732312450368

Sandelowski and Leeman (2012) propose descriptive writing as a solution to the problems posed by presenting findings of a qualitative study that is intended to inform health (or other social) practice. The authors describe three strategies that are designed to present findings in the language of intended readers: translating findings into thematic sentences, into the language of intervention, and/or into the language of implementation. In doing so, they also make clear that themes are more than single words – rather they require a subject and a predicate, that is, a sentence.