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Introduction to Qualitative Research Evidence


University of Exeter Medical School Building
10th May 2017
10am - 1.30pm
Category: Seminar

Introduction to Qualitative Research Evidence with Associate Professor Dr Sarah Dean

During this talk Sarah Dean will introduce the basic principles of qualitative research and how it differs from quantitative research. Using entertaining practical examples participants engage in learning about the meaning of experience and how this is important for understanding health problems.

Specific topics include –

  • Why qualitative research evidence is important
  • Theory and methods in qualitative research
  • Quality criteria
  • Interviewing and thematic analysis
  • Critical appraisal of qualitative studies

In this session we support participants to consider a clinical question and examine how this might be answered by a qualitative research study. Through discussion participants gain confidence in reading and understanding qualitative research studies. By using a critical appraisal check list participants learn short cuts in this process.  Finally, these new skills are used to decide how the qualitative evidence can be used to answer the clinical question. 

By the end of this session you will be able to –

  • Breakdown a clinical question
  • Critically appraise a qualitative study
  • Use a checklist
  • Apply research evidence to clinical question

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