Qualitative Methods in Health Care Research

November 13, 2022 from 1:00pm EDT to 1:50pm EDT


Involvement in research deepens our clinical understanding and expertise and contributes to advances in knowledge in the areas we are passionate about.  Qualitative research provides an excellent way to investigate questions of why and how, to explore and to describe a situation or process.  Qualitative methods allow us to examine meanings, beliefs, and experiences, including those of health care workers, patients and caregivers.  Qualitative methods are also useful to describe a process, to examine the inner workings of an organization or the health care system, or to understand aspects of health care education.  Major schools of thought within qualitative methods include grounded theory, ethnography and phenomenology.  

This presentation will describe key approaches to qualitative research.  It will provide an overview of the main elements of a qualitative project.  Participants will have an opportunity to consider research topics that interest them, and to start formulating a research question that can be explored using qualitative methods.

Learning objectives:

At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify common approaches to qualitative research in health care
  2. Understand the main elements of a qualitative proposal and project
  3. Begin to develop a research question in their area of practice that can be explored with qualitative methods

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