The topic introduces students to qualitative research methods and assumes no prior knowledge or skills of the area. It begins with an examination of the history, philosophical underpinnings and use of qualitative research and explores a range of methods used for data collection. This includes interviews, focus groups and observation methods. We then look at the various theoretical perspectives that can be used to inform and analyse qualitative research. Close attention is paid to maintaining quality and rigour in the research process.
This topic aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in qualitative research and to understand and apply the theoretical and methodological foundations of qualitative approaches to health services research.