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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 20

Qualitative methods in health care research


1 School of Nursing and Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland - Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain), Al Sayh Muharraq Governorate, Bahrain
2 Department of Mental Health Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
3 Department of OBG Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
4 School of Nursing, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, USA
5 Department of Child Health Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Vishnu Renjith
Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland - Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain), P.O. Box15503, Adliya
Bahrain
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijpvm.IJPVM_321_19

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Healthcare research is a systematic inquiry intended to generate robust evidence about important issues in the fields of medicine and healthcare. Qualitative research has ample possibilities within the arena of healthcare research. This article aims to inform healthcare professionals regarding qualitative research, its significance, and applicability in the field of healthcare. A wide variety of phenomena that cannot be explained using the quantitative approach can be explored and conveyed using a qualitative method. The major types of qualitative research designs are narrative research, phenomenological research, grounded theory research, ethnographic research, historical research, and case study research. The greatest strength of the qualitative research approach lies in the richness and depth of the healthcare exploration and description it makes. In health research, these methods are considered as the most humanistic and person-centered way of discovering and uncovering thoughts and actions of human beings.


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