Journal of Professional Nursing

From Resistance To Passion: An Interview With Brian Mckenna On Quasi-Experimental Research   

Lynne S. Giddings, RGON, RM, PhD, Associate Professor School of Nursing and Midwifery, Auckland University of Technology
Pamela J. Wood, RGON, PhD, Associate Professor Graduate School of Nursing and Midwifery, Victoria University of Wellington 

Reference:  Giddings, L. S. & Wood, P. J. (2003). From resistance to passion: An interview with Brian McKenna on quasi-experimental research. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 19(1), 4-14.     


Quasi-experimental methodologies fit within the continuum of quantitative research Quasi-experimental methodologies fit within the continuum of quantitative research approaches. Integral to the evidenced-based practice movement, these methodologies are viewed by this movement as the more legitimate of the various approaches to researching nursing and midwifery problems and issues. This is the ninth article in a series based on interviews with nursing and midwifery researchers, designed to provide the beginning researcher with a first-hand account of the experience of using particular methodologies. This article focuses on the quasi-experimental methodology as described by Brian McKenna (RCpN, BA, MHSc [Hons]) who is currently completing his PhD. Brian used this methodology to investigate patient perception of coercion on admission to acute psychiatric services in New Zealand. The interview with Brian also highlights the initial resistance many nurses and midwives feel when confronted with the requirement to add ‘research’ to an already far too busy work schedule.   

Research, methodologies, quantitative research, quasiexperimental, positivism, post-positivism.   

This article is the ninth in a series based on interviews with nursing and midwifery researchers in New Zealand/Aotearoa (refer to Giddings & Wood (2000) for background information on the series). It offers the beginning researcher an introduction to the quasiexperimental methodology by focusing on the personal reflections and experience of a nurse, Brian McKenna (RCpN, BA, MHSc [Hons]). Brian is a senior lecturer at Auckland University and nurse advisor at the Auckland Regional Forensic Psychiatry Services (the Mason Clinic).  continued

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