Show Summary Details
Page of

Research 

Research
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy).

date: 19 October 2017

Methodology comprises ‘The system of principles, practices and procedures as applied to a specific branch of knowledge.’ That is, methodology is both the methods — the specific procedures of a field — and the assumptions, rationale and patterns of behaviour that underlie those procedures. Methodology is the framework of a field, and a new field such as spirituality and healthcare (SaH) needs time for methodology to develop and mature. In this chapter I will discuss the field’s methodology in terms of definitions, common methods, problems of scope, and unexamined biases that hinder methodological development.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.