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Intercultural Issues in Conducting Healthcare Qualitative Research


Le, Q, Intercultural Issues in Conducting Healthcare Qualitative Research, Qualitative Research Journal, 8, (2) pp. 104-112. ISSN 1443-9883 (2008) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3316/QRJ0802104


Traditionally health care research is often valued on the evidence-based basis, which is dominated by statistically motivated quantitative research. However, the increasingly popular use of qualitative methods in general and health research, in particular, has provided a different kind of research evidence, which reflects real-life issues in social contexts. Though health care qualitative research has provided health care workers, policymakers and the public valuable insights into various aspects of population health, there are issues and problems regarding conducting qualitative research in an intercultural discourse. Sociolinguistic and cultural factors are the main causes of problems facing researchers and policymakers. Concepts such as confidentiality and security are culturally constructed. This paper examines some intercultural awareness issues that need to be considered in the conduct of health care qualitative research and some potential problems in the treatment of health qualitative data. Attention will be given to the Vietnamese health discourse.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Qualitative method, intercultural research, health issues, pragmatics, data collection, cultural interference.
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:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
ID Code:54288
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2009-02-16
Last Modified:2012-03-01
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