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1st Edition

Successful Qualitative Health Research
A practical introduction

ISBN 9781741146783
Published April 1, 2006 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

A practical overview for health students and health professionals embarking on an applied research project using a qualitative approach.

Successful Qualitative Health Research offers a thorough introduction to the field, written in a very clear and concise fashion. Emphasising the rigorous approach required in health research, it provides a step by step guide to designing a research project using qualitative methods, and to collecting, analysing and presenting different types of data.

Hansen provides essential insights into the ideas and arguments underpinning different qualitative methods, and highlights the links between theory and practice. She also explains the importance of choosing the most appropriate form of data analysis. Each chapter features real life examples from experienced researchers from a wide range of health fields. These examples show how researchers have overcome common problems and offer inspiration and guidance.

Applied qualitative research is increasingly being used to explore a range of issues in health, both on its own and as an adjunct to quantitative research. This book offers a clear, no-nonsense approach that will be invaluable to students and professionals in nursing, medicine, allied health and public health.

'I strongly recommend this book to all those looking to undertake ethical and rigorous qualitative research in the field of health and health care.' - Dr Jon Adams, Director, Qualitative Research Laboratory, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle

'From thinking about theory to writing for publication, this text covers a massive amount of ground in a fresh and dynamic way. It will enthuse the beginner and refresh the old hand . . .' - Associate Professor Jane Gunn, Research Director, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne

Table of Contents

1. Qualitative Research: An Introduction

2. Planning Your Research

3. Research Design and Rigour

4. Observation and Participant Observation

5. Interviewing

6. Focus Groups

7. Analysing Qualitative Data

8. Writing Qualitative Research



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Emily C. Hansen is a Research Fellow in the Discipline of General Practice at the University of Tasmania and teaches qualitative research methods to applied health researchers.