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Are qualitative methods misunderstood?


Ezzy, D, Are qualitative methods misunderstood?, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 25, (4) pp. 294-297. ISSN 1326-0200 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-842X.2001.tb00582.x


Qualitative research methods are increasingly utilised by health researchers. Along with this the criteria for assessing the quality of qualitative research are changing from a natural science model to an interpretative social science model. This is a product of the realisation by health researchers that qualitative methods utilise a different epistemology to statistical methods. I demonstrate that a recent article in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health draws on a now outdated natural science methodology of assessing bias in focus groups. Drawing on interpretativist social science theory and recent work in the British Medical Journal. I argue for the importance of examining the social contexts through which qualitative data is produced.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ezzy, D (Professor Douglas Ezzy)
ID Code:21187
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2002-05-21

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