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Qualitative Methods for Health Research

Qualitative Methods for Health Research

Second Edition
Edited by:

320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Qualitative Methods for Health Research provides a thorough and practical introduction to designing, conducting, and appraising qualitative research. It is aimed particularly at students and researchers in fields such as public health, health services research, nursing and health promotion.

Judith Green and Nicki Thorogood draw on over twenty years experience of teaching methodology to students from a range of backgrounds. They focus on applied research, but cover the essentials of theory and principles in an accessible way, with easy-to-follow guidance on how to apply core research skills to the particular contexts of health research.

Using examples from a range of settings, this book introduces readers to the key debates in qualitative methodology; issues in designing ethical, feasible, and rigorous projects; the main ways of collecting and analysing qualitative data and ways of appraising and writing qualitative research.

This Second Edition covers developments in systematic reviews of qualitative research and analysis, and includes a chapter focusing on practical issues of qualitative work within applied health research programs. The book includes case studies, chapter summaries and key points, and a glossary.

This book is an essential introduction for health professionals and students with little prior knowledge of social theory. It will also be useful for social sciences students interested in understanding how qualitative methods are used in health research.

Qualitative Methodology and Health Research
Developing Qualitative Research Designs
Responsibilities, Ethics and Values
In-Depth Interviews
Group Interviews
Observational Methods
Using Documentary Sources
Analyzing Qualitative Data
Qualitative Research in Practice: Settings and Contexts
Writing up Qualitative Work
Reading and Appraising Qualitative Outputs

"The authors offer a dense, thorough, and articulate introduction to the use, value, conduct and critique of qualitative research for health care and social science researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. This book's clear organization allows readers to focus in more depth on particular areas of interest."

M. D. Lagerwey
western Michigan University

easy to read and comprehensive

Mrs Joanne Mainwaring
Laurette online programme, Liverpool University
September 17, 2013

User friendly-good explanations of qualitative methods

Ms Lynn Greenwood
School , Bradford University
May 15, 2013

Useful for our nursing students

Mrs Penny Farrelly
Faculty of Society and Health, Bucks New University
May 8, 2013

A very useful book for students that clearly explains qualitative research methods.

Mrs Suzanne Jones
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
February 28, 2013

This is an excellent all-round handbook for qualitative researchers and students willing to engage in qualitative research.

Dr Rui Baptista-Goncalves
School of Human and Life Sciences, Roehampton University
December 11, 2012

A good resource for students who are considering their first research project.

Mrs Kathleen Baird
Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of England, Bristol
September 17, 2012

Thorough and informative.

Mrs Christine Daley- Fennell
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
July 23, 2012

‘An essential textbook for all public health students, graduates, scholars and researchers who seek qualitative method as part of their research paradigm’

Dr Krishna Regmi
School of Health & Bioscience, University of East London
January 26, 2012

Simmilar to the first addition, I found this text easy to read and in my opinion student friendly. It covers a lot of topics although I would have liked to see a bit more on theoretical approaches. Overall a very good text.

Ms Naomi Ellis
Dept of Sport & Excercise, Staffordshire University
November 22, 2011

New to this edition:

  • Updated coverage of technology, including analysis tools and available data
  • Adapted to cover changes in the way in which qualitative research in health is commissioned and conducted, and the settings in which it takes place
  • More detailed descriptions of social science terminology and concepts, including 'phenomenology' and 'reflexivity'
  • A new glossary.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Judith Green

Judith Green has degrees in anthropology and sociology, and a PhD in the sociology of heath.  She has taught research methods to a wide range of students over the last 30 years, including undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students and health professionals from nursing, medicine, public health and sociology.  She is currently Professor of Sociology of Health at King’s College London, and has held posts at the London School of Hygiene and Medicine and London South Bank University.   Judith has broad substantive interests in the sociology of health and health services, and has researched and published on primary... More About Author

Nicki Thorogood

Nicki Thorogood’s first degree was in sociology and social anthropology, and she has a PhD in the sociology of health from the University of London. She has over 30 years experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. Before coming to LSHTM (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) in 1999 she held posts at Middlesex University and at Guy’s King’s and Thomas’s School of Medicine and Dentistry (GKT). Her research interests are primarily in qualitative research into aspects of ‘identity’, e.g. ethnicity, gender, disability and sexuality and in the sociology of the body. She is also interested in the intersection of... More About Author