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Qualitative Research in Health Care, 3rd Edition

Catherine Pope (Editor), Nicholas Mays (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-3512-2
168 pages
August 2006, BMJ Books
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This fully revised and updated edition of Qualitative Research in Health Care offers a clear and accessible introduction to conducting and interpreting qualitative research, incorporating new examples, references and chapters relevant for a comprehensive introduction to the subject.

New chapters and references include:

  • Synthesising qualitative research
  • Secondary analysis of primary data
  • Ethical issues
  • Mixed research methods and integrating qualitative with quantitative techniques
  • Consensus and other methods for eliciting public and professional views and preferences
  • Conversation analysis
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Table of Contents

1 Qualitative methods in health research.

Catherine Pope, Nicholas Mays.

2 Qualitative interviews.

Nicky Britten.


3 Focus groups.

Jenny Kitzinger.


4 Observational methods.

Catherine Pope, Nicholas Mays.


5 Conversation analysis.

Sarah Collins, Nicky Britten.


6 Ethical issues.

Dawn Goodwin.


7 Analysing qualitative data.

Catherine Pope, Sue Ziebland, Nicholas Mays.


8 Quality in qualitative health research.

Nicholas Mays, Catherine Pope.


9 Combining qualitative and quantitative methods.

Alicia O’Cathain, Kate Thomas.


10 Case studies.

Justin Keen.


11 Action research.

Julienne Meyer.


12 Consensus development methods.

Nick Black.

13 Synthesising qualitative research.

Catherine Pope, Nicholas Mays

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Author Information

Catherine Pope, Senior Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Nicholas Mays, Professor of Health Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, London, UK

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The Wiley Advantage

A clear and accessible introduction to practising and interpreting qualitative research in health care

  • Well established and successful BMJ Research and Writing title
  • The only basic level introductory text aimed specifically at the novice
  • Concise, practical and easy-to-use
  • New material considers the ethics of qualitative research, how to assess its quality and how to use qualitative methods in the emerging area of research synthesis
  • Demonstrates effective and appropriate qualitative research

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Review Published by Doody's Review Service--December 2006:

"This is the third edition of a book on how to conduct and interpret qualitative research that was initially published in 1996.

The purpose is to show how qualitative research can be used effectively in practice. This is a worthy goal, as the importance of qualitative research is becoming more recognized.

These authors are widely published in the area of qualitative research.

This fully revised and updated edition covers how to conduct interviews and focus groups, observational data collection, and conversational analysis.

Ethical issues are examined and suggestions for data analysis are provided. A chapter on assessing qualitative studies is included and the reader is introduced to combining quantitative and qualitative research methods. The book concludes with case studies, action research, and synthesizing qualitative research. This is a small book that provides the essential information about areas of qualitative research.

This book should be of interest to the target audience. It provides basic information regarding qualitative research and is a quick reference. New content and references have been included in this edition.

Weighted Numerical Score: 96 - 4 Stars!"

Diane M. Tomasic, EdD, RN(West Liberty State College)

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