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2nd Edition

Interpretive Description
Qualitative Research for Applied Practice

ISBN 9781629582993
Published March 21, 2016 by Routledge
336 Pages

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Book Description

 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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Sally Thorne