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Interpretive Description

Qualitative Research for Applied Practice, 2nd Edition

By Sally Thorne


336 pages

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The first edition of Interpretive Description established itself as the key resource for novice and intermediate level researchers in applied settings for conducting a qualitative research project with practical outcomes. In the second edition, leading qualitative researcher Sally Thorne retains the clear, straightforward guidance for researchers and students in health, social service, mental health, and related fields. This new edition includes additional material on knowledge synthesis and integration, evidence-based practice, and data analysis. In addition, this book

  • takes the reader through the qualitative research process, from research design through fieldwork, analysis, interpretation, and application of the results;
  • provides numerous examples from a variety of applied fields to show research in action;
  • uses an accessible style and affordable price to be the ideal book for teaching qualitative research in clinical and applied disciplines.

Table of Contents


PART ONE: INTERPRETIVE DESCRIPTION IN THEORY One: Introduction: Qualitative Research in the Applied Disciplines // Two: Cultivating Questions in the Clinical Field // Three: Scaffolding a Study // Four: Framing a Study Design // Five: Strategizing a Credible Study

PART TWO: INTERPRETIVE DESCRIPTION IN PROCESS Six: Entering the Field // Seven: Constructing Data // Eight: Making Sense of Data // Nine: Conceptualizing Findings // Ten: Writing Findings

PART THREE: INTERPRETIVE DESCRIPTION IN CONTEXT Eleven: Making Sense of Findings // Twelve: Disseminating Knowledge // Thirteen: Enhancing Credibility // Fourteen: Advancing Evidence with Interpretive Description


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Developing Qualitative Inquiry

Books in the Developing Qualitative Inquiry series, written by leaders in qualitative inquiry, address important topics in qualitative methods. Targeted to a broad multi-disciplinary readership, the books are inteded for mid-level to advanced researchers and advanced students. The series forwards the field of qualitative inquiry by describing new methods or developing particular aspects of established methods.

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