Stone, Teresa Elizabeth, Jane Maguire, Sook Jung Kang, & Chiyoung Cha (2017, July/September). Practical issues of conducting a Q methodology study: Lessons learned from a cross-cultural study. Advances in Nursing Science, 40(3), 291-299. (doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000164).

Abstract: This article advances nursing research by presenting the methodological challenges experienced in conducting a multination Q-methodology study. This article critically analyzes the relevance of the methodology for cross-cultural and nursing research and the challenges that led to specific responses by the investigators. The use of focus groups with key stakeholders supplemented the Q-analysis results. The authors discuss practical issues and shared innovative approaches and provide best-practice suggestions on the use of this flexible methodology. Q methodology has the versatility to explore complexities of contemporary nursing practice and cross-cultural health research.

Chiyoung Cha <> is in the College of Nursing, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea.