Why is the rigorous development of a decision trail essential in qualitative research?

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Why is the rigorous development of a decision trail essential in qualitative research?
a. The validity judgment of the reader depends upon the presence of a clear decision trail.
b. The decision trail allows the reader to develop a parallel line of inductive reasoning to confirm the researcher’s conclusions.
c. The decision trail enables the reader to “hear” what the participants are saying.
d. A clear decision trail avoids ethical violations and accusations of fabrication.
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540Copyright © SLACK IncorporatedEarn 2.3 Contact Hourscnearticl eDeveloping a Nursing Personnel Policy to Address Body Art Using an Evidence-Based ModelShawna D. Dorwart, RN, MN, CNL, Sandra W. Kuntz, PhD, PHCNS-BC, RN, andMyrna L. Armstrong, EdD, RN, FAANabstractBackground: An increase in the prevalence of body art as a form of self-expression has motivated health care organizations to develop policies addressing nursing personnel’s body art.Methods: A systematic review of literature on body art was completed and a telephone survey of 15 hospitals was conducted to query existing policy statements addressing nursing personnel’s body art.Results: The literature established no prevalence of body art among nurses or effect of nurses’ body art. Of the 13 hospitals (86%) that shared their policy on body art, none provided a rationale or references to support their existing policies. Conclusion: A lack of published evidence identifying the effect of body art among nurses shifts the burden of determining care outcomes to the leadership of individual hospitals. Further research on patients’ perception of nursing personnel with visible body art, using an evidence-based model, is recommended.J Contin Educ Nurs 2010;41(12):540-546.Ms. Dorwart is Director of Surgical Services, Glendive Medical Center, Glendive, Montana. Dr. Kuntz is Associate Professor, Montana State University College of Nursing, Missoula, Montana. Dr. Armstrong is Professor and Regional Dean, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing, Marble Falls, Texas.The authors disclose that they have no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.