Successful Qualitative Health Research: A Practical Introduction

Successful Qualitative Health Research: A Practical Introduction

Successful Qualitative Health Research: A Practical Introduction

Successful Qualitative Health Research: A Practical Introduction

Synopsis

A practical overview for health students and health professionals embarking on an applied research project using a qualitative approach. Successful Qualitative Health Research offers a thorough introduction to the field, written in a very clear and concise fashion. Emphasising the rigorous approach required in health research, it provides a step by step guide to designing a research project using qualitative methods, and to collecting, analysing and presenting different types of data. Hansen provides essential insights into the ideas and arguments underpinning different qualitative methods, and highlights the links between theory and practice. She also explains the importance of choosing the most appropriate form of data analysis. Each chapter features real life examples from experienced researchers from a wide range of health fields. These examples show how researchers have overcome common problems and offer inspiration and guidance. Applied qualitative research is increasingly being used to explore a range of issues in health, both on its own and as an adjunct to quantitative research. This book offers a clear, no-nonsense approach that will be invaluable to students and professionals in nursing, medicine, allied health and public health. 'I strongly recommend this book to all those looking to undertake ethical and rigorous qualitative research in the field of health and health care.' - Dr Jon Adams, Director, Qualitative Research Laboratory, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle 'From thinking about theory to writing for publication, this text covers a massive amount of ground in a fresh and dynamic way. It will enthuse the beginner and refresh the "old hand"...' - Associate Professor Jane Gunn, Research Director, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne

Excerpt

There has been an increase in the application and status of qualitative research in health-related fields (Dixon-Woods & Fitzpatrick 2001; Thomas, J. et al. 2004). People working or studying in health-related fields are realising that a familiarity with qualitative research methods is a useful skill to acquire. The growth in qualitative research has occurred as research and evaluation have become a more important part of everyday life for people studying or working in health-related fields. Government programs are encouraging students, medical practitioners, allied health professionals, policy makers and consumers to conduct and use research and evaluation more. Understanding how research is conducted and the principles underpinning different research designs allows healthcare practitioners and policy makers to critically appraise research evidence, to apply research findings appropriately, to identify issues or problems that require additional research and to conduct research for themselves.

There is also a shift occurring in the types of research being conducted in the health sphere. There has been rapid growth in the perceived importance of consumer views about health and healthcare, and of health services research focused on the ways that people use services and how services can be improved. Furthermore, collaborative and multidisciplinary research teams are increasingly seen as desirable for conducting research. Research teams often include researchers from diverse backgrounds, including the social sciences, nursing and allied health (Lambert & McKevitt 2002; Creswell 2003). Each researcher brings expertise and awareness of research methods and methodologies from their own disciplinary backgrounds so that the teams span a wide range, collectively. There is a consequent need for researchers in health to develop skills in . . .

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