To colleagues’ writings On qualitative research design Essay

Response to writing #1 – T.F.

            The title of the article seems to be appropriate for the topic that is discussed in the text of the article.  The investigators of the study focused on the personal experiences of eight individuals right before they reached the point of burnout.  Although the title may seem misleading to your standards of interest, these word identifiers appear to be fully descriptive of the content of the research article.

It is highly noticeable that the research article did not cite any references, yet the authors clearly indicated in the introduction section of the paper (Ekstedt and Fagerberg, 2005, page 60) that there is a need to scientifically provide information on the experiences of individuals right before they reach the stage of burnout.  The authors also acknowledged that most of the reports on burnout focused on the actual stage itself and not so much about the phase prior to this condition (Trindade Lde et al., 2009).  It should also be understood that the aim of the investigators was to psychologically assess the study participants prior to burnout and thus examining the culture associated with burnout would be more of a sociological approach.

Response to writing # 2 – K.J.

            The investigators of the research report were creative enough in enticing eight study participants to engage in the interviews.  It is common for analysts to associate the nursing and medical fields with burnout because this profession is highly challenging and more importantly, this profession allows nurses and physicians to directly interact with patients, thus impacting their personal emotion and outlook in life (Al-Dubai & Rampal, 2010).  It is possible to integrate the concept of nursing into future research studies on burnout, by identifying effective approaches that would augment the conditions of specific professional fields.

Response to writing # 3 – W.S.

            It is disheartening to find that your initial interest to the research report turned into that of displeasure.  I understand that you would have rather read an article that would specifically focus on a particular professional field, such as nursing.  However, the investigators of the study attempted to examine the stage prior to burnout and thus it would be better for them to collect study participants from different fields of profession.  It would thus be more appropriate if the nursing field were then assessed in a later period of time, specifically after the publication of this paper.

Response to writing # 4 – T.S.

            It is possible that an ethnographic study might reveal more information on the experiences of individuals right before they reach the stage of burnout.  However, it is also possible that the investigators wanted to determine the experiences of individuals from the perspective of their profession and thus the research report focused on white-collar jobs.  The investigators might perform a follow-up study on specific professions, such as that of the nursing field.  I definitely do not agree with the stand that the selection process for the study population was based on the ease in finding study participants.

Response to writing # 5 – C.F.

            It should be understood that qualitative studies are generally small in study population size because the analysis of the responses of the study participants need to be carefully analyzed (Zantinge et al., 2009).  In addition, the interviewer needs to be independent of the analyst, yet the interpretation of the transcripts of the interviews may also be modified according to the personality and principles of the analyst.  One commendable thing that should be noted in the research study is also that of the small study population, as this approach is first tested in terms of its reliability and sensitivity to detect patterns in the well being of the study participants right before they reach the stage of burnout.  Once the studies appear to be reliable and sensitive enough to represent the responses of the study participants, then a larger study population can be utilized in the next investigation.


Al-Dubai,S.A. & Rampal, K.G.  (2010).  Prevalence and associated factors of burnout among doctors in Yemen.  Journal of Occupational Health, 52(1):58-65.

Ekstedt, M. & Fagerberg, I.  (2005).  Lived experiences of the time preceding burnout. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 49(1): 59-67.

Trindade Lde, L., Lautert, L. & Beck, C.L.  (2009).  Coping mechanisms used by non-burned out and burned out workers in the family health strategy.  Revieres Latin Amerika Enfermagemine, 17(5):607-612.

Zantinge, E.M., Verhaak, P.F., de Bakker, D.H., van der Meer, K. & Bensing, J.M.  (2009).  Does burnout among doctors affect their involvement in patients’ mental health problems? A study of videotaped consultations.  BMC Family Practice, 26:60-65.