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Qualitative Methods for Health Research 4ed

by Judith Green and Nicki Thorogood SAGE Publications Ltd
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"A thoughtful, thorough and readable account of the history and current practice of qualitative research in health." - Louise Keogh, Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

Part I: Principles and Approaches in Qualitative Health Research
Chapter 1: Qualitative Methodology in Health
What is qualitative research?
Qualitative research and evidence based practice
The orientations of qualitative research
Some assumptions about qualitative research
Chapter 2: The Role of Theory
Macro theory
Middle range theory
Theories of knowledge
Chapter 3: Developing Qualitative Research Proposals
Research questions
Selecting appropriate study designs
Pragmatic influences on research design
A qualitative approach to design
Writing a research proposal
Sampling strategies
Chapter 4: Responsibilities, Ethics and Values
Values in research
Ethical review and codes of practice
Informed consent
Responsibilities to research participants
Ethical dilemmas and conflicts
Responsibilities to yourself and co-workers
Responsibilities to commissioners and the public
Part II: Generating Data
Chapter 5: In-depth Interviews
The research interview
A word on language
Language and translation
What interviews can and canGÇÖt do
Asking questions and listening to answers
Context and data
Planning interviews
Using visual methods in interviews
Chapter 6: Group Interviews and Discussions
An overview of different kinds of groups used in qualitative research
Consensus panels
Community interviews and participatory methods
Focus group discussions
Natural groups
Advantages of using group interviews
Planning group interview studies
Chapter 7: Observational Methods
Participation and observation
Ethnography and medical anthropology
Ethnographies of medicine, health and health care
Managing fieldwork roles
Planning an ethnographic study
Rapid ethnographic methods
Using participation and observation in interviews
Non-participant observation
Chapter 8: Using Secondary Sources
Why use existing sources?
Public records
Personal documents
Mass media outputs
Research outputs
Policy reports
Material artefacts
Methodological issues in using documentary sources
Chapter 9: Qualitative Research in a Digital Age
Questions about health, health care and technology
Researching virtual sites
Recruitment on line: social media
Technology platforms as part of the context of data generation
Ethical issues in digital research
Dissemination and knowledge exchange
Part III: Managing and Analysing Data
Chapter 10: Beginning Data Analysis
Styles of analysis
Aims of analysis
Data preparation and management
Qualitative description
Thematic content analysis
Framework analysis
Reliability and validity
Computer aided qualitative analysis
Chapter 11: Developing Qualitative Analysis
Rigour is not enough
Discourse analysis
Grounded theory
Narrative analysis
Beyond talk and text
Some strategies for thinking more analytically
Generalizability and transferability
Part IV: Qualitative Research in Practice
Chapter 12: Integrating Methods, Designs and Disciplines
Rationales for mixing methods within qualitative studies
Combining qualitative and quantitative designs
Qualitative research within evaluative designs
Combining designs in practice
Developing trans-disciplinary research
Enhancing collaboration
Chapter 13: Reading, Appraising and Integrating Qualitative Research
Reading critically
Formal critical appraisal for empirical studies
Criteria in ethnography
Systematic reviews
Integrating qualitative findings
Chapter 14: Dissemination: reaching and engaging with audiences
The writing process
Writing for different audiences
Writing for health journals
Writing for social science colleagues
Practical issues to consider when writing research reports
Dissemination from collaborative projects
Communicating with non-specialist audiences

A thoughtful, thorough and readable account of the history and current practice of qualitative research in health.