Sampling in qualitative research. Purposeful and theoretical sampling; merging or clear boundaries?

@article{Coyne1997SamplingIQ,
  title={Sampling in qualitative research. Purposeful and theoretical sampling; merging or clear boundaries?},
  author={Imelda Coyne},
  journal={Journal of advanced nursing},
  year={1997},
  volume={26 3},
  pages={
          623-30
        }
}
  • I. Coyne
  • Published 1 September 1997
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of advanced nursing
Sampling is a very complex issue in qualitative research as there are many variations of qualitative sampling described in the literature and much confusion and overlapping of types of sampling, particularly in the case of purposeful and theoretical sampling. The terms purposeful and theoretical are viewed synonomously and used interchangeably in the literature. Many of the most frequent misinterpretations relate to the disparate meanings and usage of the terminology. It is important that the… Expand
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