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Research into psychosocial issues 

Research into psychosocial issues
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Research into psychosocial issues
Author(s):

David W. Kissane

, Annette F. Street

, Erin E. Schweers

, and Thomas M. Atkinson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199656097.003.0195
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date: 07 May 2021

Psychological, existential, spiritual, and social issues cause much suffering and deserve extensive study to understand these concerns more fully and to intervene more effectively. Themes that abound include communication, coping, ethics, the family, caregiving, quality of life, death and dying, psychiatric disorders, suffering, and the many expressions of distress. Many study designs are possible to explore these themes, often with complementary quantitative and qualitative components. This chapter summarizes the psychometric properties of many of the instruments that are commonly employed in such studies and the computer-assisted software packages that assist qualitative analyses. The goal is to strengthen research design and optimize research outcomes to benefit the discipline.

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