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Research Article  |   March 1991
Rigor in Qualitative Research: The Assessment of Trustworthiness
Author Affiliations
  • Laura Krefting, PhD, is Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy and Career Scientist in Community-Based Rehabilitation, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
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Research Article   |   March 1991
Rigor in Qualitative Research: The Assessment of Trustworthiness
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1991, Vol. 45, 214-222. doi:10.5014/ajot.45.3.214
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1991, Vol. 45, 214-222. doi:10.5014/ajot.45.3.214
Abstract

Despite a growing interest in qualitative research in occupational therapy, little attention has been placed on establishing its rigor. This article presents one model that can be used for the assessment of trustworthiness or merit of qualitative inquiry. Guba’s (1981) model describes four general criteria for evaluation of research and then defines each from both a quantitative and a qualitative perspective. Several strategies for the achievement of rigor in qualitative research useful for both researchers and consumers of research are described.