Nursing Research: Ethnography

Ethnography is a methodology concerned with “studying people in their cultural context and how their behaviour, either as individuals or as part of a group, is influenced by this cultural context. Ethnography is a form of social research and has much in common with other forms of qualitative enquiry”

Draper (2015)

Have a look at principles of ethography and the design and methods sections of the below publications to understand ethnography and its research characteristics.


De Chesnay, M. (Ed.). (2014). Nursing research using ethnography: qualitative designs and methods in nursing. Springer Publishing Company.

Draper, J. (2015). Ethnography: Principles, practice and potential. Nursing Standard29(36), 36-41.

Ahlstedt, C., Lindvall, C. E., Holmström, I. K., & Athlin, Å. M. (2019). What makes registered nurses remain in work? An ethnographic studyInternational journal of nursing studies89, 32-38.

Kelley, R., Godfrey, M., & Young, J. (2021). Knowledge exchanges and decision-making within hospital dementia care triads: An ethnographic studyThe Gerontologist61(6), 954-964.

Redaelli, I. (2018). Nontechnical skills of the operating theatre circulating nurse: an ethnographic studyJournal of advanced nursing74(12), 2851-2859.