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Why use Appreciative Inquiry? Lessons learned during COVID-19 in a UK maternity service.

Arnold, R., Gordon, C., van Teijlingen, E., Way, S. and Mahato, P. K., 2022. Why use Appreciative Inquiry? Lessons learned during COVID-19 in a UK maternity service. European Journal of Midwifery, 6, 29.

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DOI: 10.18332/ejm/147444


Choosing the ‘right’ research method is always an important decision. It affects the type of study questions that can be answered. In addition, the research method will have an impact on the participants – how much of their time it takes, whether the questions seem important to them and whether there is any benefit in taking part. This is especially important when conducting research with staff in health services. This article is a reflection on the process of using Appreciative Inquiry (AI) in a study that explored staff wellbeing in a UK maternity unit. We share our key learnings to help others decide if AI will fit their research aims, as well as highlight issues in its design and conduct. We discuss our experience of using AI,the strengths and limitations of this approach, and conclude with points to consider if you are thinking about using AI. Although a study team was actively involved in decisions, this paper is largely based on reflections by the first author, the researcher conducting the field work in the maternity services.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:COVID; Coronavirus; Methodology; Methods; Midwifery; Midwives; h healthcare staff; wellbeing; appreciative inquiry; maternity; transformational change; critical reflection
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:36965
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:19 May 2022 14:44
Last Modified:19 May 2022 14:44


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