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posted on 2022-01-11, 16:59 authored by Vishnu RenjithVishnu Renjith, Renjulal Yesodharan, Judith A Noronha, Elissa Ladd, Anice George
Healthcare research is a systematic inquiry intended to generate robust evidence about important issues in the fields of medicine and healthcare. Qualitative research has ample possibilities within the arena of healthcare research. This article aims to inform healthcare professionals regarding qualitative research, its significance, and applicability in the field of healthcare. A wide variety of phenomena that cannot be explained using the quantitative approach can be explored and conveyed using a qualitative method. The major types of qualitative research designs are narrative research, phenomenological research, grounded theory research, ethnographic research, historical research, and case study research. The greatest strength of the qualitative research approach lies in the richness and depth of the healthcare exploration and description it makes. In health research, these methods are considered as the most humanistic and person-centered way of discovering and uncovering thoughts and actions of human beings.



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Published Citation

Renjith V, Yesodharan R, Noronha JA, Ladd E, George A. Qualitative methods in health care research. Int J Prev Med. 2021;12:20.

Publication Date

24 February 2021

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  • RCSI Bahrain
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery

Research Area

  • Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Health Professions Education
  • Surgical Science and Practice


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