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Doing good qualitative research in public health: not as easy as it looks

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Abstract


  • In this paper, we discuss qualitative research for public health professionals. Quality matters in qualitative research, but the principles by which it is judged are critically different from those used to judge epidemiology. Compared to quantitative research, good quality qualitative studies serve different aims, answer distinct research questions and have their own logic for sampling, data collection and analysis. There is, however, no need for antagonism between qualitative research and epidemiology; the two are complementary. With theoretical and methodological guidance from experienced qualitative researchers, public health professionals can learn how to make the most of qualitative research for themselves.

UOW Authors


  •   Carter, Stacy
  •   Ritchie, Jan E. (external author)
  •   Sainsbury, Peter (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Carter, S. M., Ritchie, J. E. & Sainsbury, P. (2009). Doing good qualitative research in public health: not as easy as it looks. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 20 (7-8), 105-111.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77955724655

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4646&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3637

Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 105

End Page


  • 111

Volume


  • 20

Issue


  • 7-8

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • In this paper, we discuss qualitative research for public health professionals. Quality matters in qualitative research, but the principles by which it is judged are critically different from those used to judge epidemiology. Compared to quantitative research, good quality qualitative studies serve different aims, answer distinct research questions and have their own logic for sampling, data collection and analysis. There is, however, no need for antagonism between qualitative research and epidemiology; the two are complementary. With theoretical and methodological guidance from experienced qualitative researchers, public health professionals can learn how to make the most of qualitative research for themselves.

UOW Authors


  •   Carter, Stacy
  •   Ritchie, Jan E. (external author)
  •   Sainsbury, Peter (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Carter, S. M., Ritchie, J. E. & Sainsbury, P. (2009). Doing good qualitative research in public health: not as easy as it looks. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 20 (7-8), 105-111.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77955724655

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4646&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3637

Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 105

End Page


  • 111

Volume


  • 20

Issue


  • 7-8

Place Of Publication


  • Australia