Verbal history and qualitative research in nursing. A bibliographic study

Cátia Andrade Silva, Lucimeire Santos Carvalho, Climene Laura de Camargo, Ana Carla Petersen de Oliveira Santos, Maria do Rosário de Menezes


The present article aims to review the main texts that deal with Oral History by identifying among the most important conceptions, the one that best fits the field of nursing. It´s a bibliografical study, embracing the period from 1983 to 2005. They were identified three main conceptions on Oral History: research technique; as a subject formed by a distinct theoretical body related to its practice; and research methodology. The outcome of this study emphasizes that the Oral History conception as a research methodology is more appropriate for nursing research due to the fact that it allows the assistance direction from the individuals own experience, e, therefore, must wide be used by the nurses interested in searching the singularity of one given experience one for the life of people and/or groups.


Nursing; Qualitative Research; Methodology

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