This edited volume brings together innovative contributions from a range of health and social care professionals and research scientists who are interested in introducing new approaches to qualitative research into the world of health and social care.
A range of methodologies including discourse analysis, imagework, cut-up technique, minimalist passive interviewing technique and social action research are discussed along with their histories, methods and their applicability to practice. Illustrated by examples drawn from clinical and practice settings, the book also explores recent developments and their implications for, and impact on, delivery and good practice evaluation in health and social care.
The book encourages an in-depth appreciation of the concept of evidence - what it means, how it is arrived at and the consequences of it being applied, and:
- enables health and social care professionals, academics and students to learn more about new qualitative methodologies
- broadens understanding of notions of good practice
- encourages new thinking about the application of methodologies to practice.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Shifting Sands in Qualitative Methodology 1. Discourse Analysis: Addressing the Communication Strategies of Healthcare Professionals 2. The Turn to a Narrative Knowing of Persons: Minimalist Passive Interviewing Technique and Team Analysis of Narrative Qualitative Data 3. Hermeneutics and Nursing Research 4. Descriptive Phenomenology: Lifeworld as Evidence 5. From the Porter's Point of View: Participant-Observation by the Interpretive Anthropologist in the Hospital 6. Imagework Method and Potential Applications in Health 7. Post Modern Literary Poetics of Experience: A New Form of Aesthetic Enquiry 8. Historiography, Illness and the Interpretation of Fiction 9. Methodology and Practical Application of the Social Action Research Model
Dr Frances Rapport is acting Director of the Mid and West Wales Research and Development Support Unit, University of Wales, Swansea.