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Undertaking qualitative research with ethnic minority groups

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This case study outlines some of the data collection challenges our research team faced when

    conducting research with ethnic minority groups. A pilot exploratory study was conducted to

    investigate the medication management experiences of caregivers from ethnic minority groups

    as they care for a family member living with dementia. Three focus groups and seven semistructured

    individual interviews were carried out over a 4-month period in 2012 in the Illawarra

    region, a multicultural, urban area south of Sydney, Australia. This case study outlines the way

    in which the research plan evolved as unforeseen practical challenges were encountered in the

    field. The lessons learned are written from the perspective of a novice student researcher. They

    would be useful for others who have little research experience and who are considering

    conducting qualitative research with ethnic minority groups, including participants who do not

    speak English. Despite the extra challenges presented by language, the outcome of this

    project demonstrates that it is possible to work around these, on a small budget, and gather

    rich data from people who do not often have the opportunity to have their voices heard.

UOW Authors


  •   Gillespie, Robyn J. (external author)
  •   Harrison, Lindsey (external author)
  •   Mullan, Judy

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • R. Gillespie, L. Harrison & J. Mullan, "Undertaking qualitative research with ethnic minority groups", SAGE Research Methods Cases (2017) 1-14.

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 14

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • This case study outlines some of the data collection challenges our research team faced when

    conducting research with ethnic minority groups. A pilot exploratory study was conducted to

    investigate the medication management experiences of caregivers from ethnic minority groups

    as they care for a family member living with dementia. Three focus groups and seven semistructured

    individual interviews were carried out over a 4-month period in 2012 in the Illawarra

    region, a multicultural, urban area south of Sydney, Australia. This case study outlines the way

    in which the research plan evolved as unforeseen practical challenges were encountered in the

    field. The lessons learned are written from the perspective of a novice student researcher. They

    would be useful for others who have little research experience and who are considering

    conducting qualitative research with ethnic minority groups, including participants who do not

    speak English. Despite the extra challenges presented by language, the outcome of this

    project demonstrates that it is possible to work around these, on a small budget, and gather

    rich data from people who do not often have the opportunity to have their voices heard.

UOW Authors


  •   Gillespie, Robyn J. (external author)
  •   Harrison, Lindsey (external author)
  •   Mullan, Judy

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • R. Gillespie, L. Harrison & J. Mullan, "Undertaking qualitative research with ethnic minority groups", SAGE Research Methods Cases (2017) 1-14.

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 14

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom