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Qualitative research 

Qualitative research
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Qualitative research
Author(s):

Kate Flemming

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199656097.003.0194
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date: 07 May 2021

This chapter outlines the importance of qualitative research as a method to provide answers to clinical questions arising in palliative medicine. Rather than being a chapter about how to ‘do’ qualitative research, it is a chapter that seeks to outline the role and purpose of qualitative research for palliative care by looking at the kind of questions qualitative research can answer, exploring qualitative research and its relationship to evidence-based practice, the role of qualitative research within mixed methods research, and the developing area of the synthesis of qualitative research. It addresses some of the more practical aspects of searching for qualitative research and undertaking an appraisal of its quality, whilst acknowledging that these are contested areas undergoing methodological development. In exploring these issues it firmly establishes a place for qualitative research within evidence-based practice and for palliative medicine in particular.

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