[How to read a qualitative research paper?]
SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 162, (2018), article D2857
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Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
SubjectRadboudumc 0: Other Research RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences; Radboudumc 13: Stress-related disorders DCMN: Donders Center for Medical Neuroscience; Radboudumc 18: Healthcare improvement science RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
Many readers of medical journals are trained in the 'quantitative approach'. This can therefore lead to the misinterpretation of results from qualitative research. By considering four key points, readers can interpret a qualitative paper. The chosen research method should fit the research question. Within medicine, the most common types of qualitative research are: (a) in-depth interviews, (b) focus groups, (c) participating observation, and (d) document analysis. The researchers should sufficiently describe their own role in the study. The results should be illustrated with quotes from study participants. The research should be conducted in a technically correct manner. Certain characteristics will highlight this, such as iterative data collection and saturation, the latter meaning that data collection was discontinued when no new insights or themes were identified anymore. The conclusion should be drawn from results obtained within the study. A common error made by researchers is to interpret the results from a qualitative study in a quantitative manner.
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