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.
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.