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Qualitative Research in the Health Sciences

Methodologies, Methods and Processes, 1st Edition

By Bev Taylor, Karen Francis


298 pages

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There is a growing interest in, and acceptance of, qualitative research approaches in the health science disciplines, both as standalone methodologies and integrated with quantitative designs in mixed methods approaches. This comprehensive text provides deeper knowledge and application of a wide range of methodologies, methods and processes, enabling readers to develop their qualitative research skills.

Divided into two parts, focusing first on methodologies and then on methods and processes, the text also includes revision of essential aspects of quantitative research as they apply to mixed methods research and a discussion of the uptake of qualitative research in the health sciences.

The methodologies covered include: Grounded Theory; Historical Research; Ethnography; Phenomenology; Narrative Inquiry; Case Study Research; Critical Ethnography; Action Research and Mixed Methods.

The methods and processes covered include: Interviewing and Analysis; Group Work and Analysis; Narrative Analysis; Discourse Analysis.

Using accessible language to help extend readers’ practical research skills, this is a thorough and reliable text to guide advanced students and researchers from all health-related disciplines – including nursing, midwifery, public health and physiotherapy – to the best use of qualitative research.


'…a well-written guide to the basics of qualitative research methodologies and the process of data collection and analysis. Those wanting a nuts-and-bolts overview of qualitative research and how it can be utilized in the health sciences will be pleased with this logical, clear introduction to the subject. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic and professional libraries.' – C.A. Collins, in CHOICE, March 2014

'A useful guide for those new to research, as well as clinical and academic staff looking to develop or refresh their knowledge of qualitative methodologies.'Nursing Standard

Table of Contents

Part 1: Methodologies 1. Introduction Beverley Taylor 2. Grounded Theory Beverley Taylor 3. Historical Research Karen Francis 4. Ethnography Karen Francis 5. Phenomenology Beverley Taylor 6. Narrative Inquiry Beverley Taylor 7. Case Study Research Beverley Taylor 8. Feminisms Beverley Taylor 9. Action Research Karen Francis 10. Mixed Methods Research Beverley Taylor Part 2: Methods and Processes 11. Introduction Beverley Taylor 12. Interviewing And Analysis Beverley Taylor 13. Group Work and Analysis Beverley Taylor 14. Narrative Analysis Beverley Taylor 15. Discourse Analysis Karen Francis 16. Creative Forms Of Qualitative Data Collection & Analysis Beverley Taylor 17. Uptake of Qualitative Research in Health Sciences Karen Francis

About the Authors

Bev Taylor is Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Australia.

Karen Francis is Professor and Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Indigenous Health, Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Nursing / Research & Theory
MEDICAL / Research