- Language: English
- 302 Pages
- Published: November 2012
- Region: Global
Demystifying Qualitative Research in Pregnancy and Childbirth
- Published: November 2004
- 160 pages
- Quay books
Having been heavily criticised in the seventies for lack of “evidence base”, our speciality has made great strides in embracing the concept of evidence-based clinical practice. One can, therefore, appreciate why most of us constantly bombarded with clear hypotheses, thousands of participants and objective, measurable outcomes may find it difficult to acknowledge the relevance of studies containing a broad research focus, half a dozen participants and findings which are not, and were never intended to be, generalisable.
Yet with the growing desire to explore quality of care, as opposed to just quantity, this methodological approach has now been recognised as an integral method of inquiry in maternity care. In fact, the conception of this book followed repeated requests for guidance from midwives and doctors wishing to conduct a piece of qualitative research in a rigorous way and not being able to find a suitable textbook.
We are heartened that the need for qualitative research is no longer forcefully challenged within practice settings. Clinicians do, however, continue to struggle with aspects of qualitative methodology, particularly in terms of theoretical underpinning, data collection and qualitative analysis and few have either the time or the inclination to wade through numerous textbooks that are often written in an unfamiliar language and leave them more confused than when they started!
The information in this book is not exhaustive, but aims to guide readers through all stages of the research process. The journey through the chapters will enlighten them to the purpose of qualitative research; inform them of considerations before they commence any research; outline the theoretical underpinning of the approach; highlight important ethical issues; discuss different methods of data collection; explore the process of analysis; suggest ways of assessing qualitative research; demonstrate how to integrate qualitative and quantitative research; and provide examples of how to explore the views of those who are hard to reach. Pivotal to this information are real research examples from maternity settings, which readers can relate to.
We hope that for those on the first rung of the qualitative research ladder, the information provided will allow their ideas to become a reality. Readers with qualitative research experience can use this book as a foundation from which they will develop more in-depth studies. But for all, the book should be a code-breaker, which has unravelled the complexities of an approach, which has previously mystified many. SHOW LESS READ MORE >
List of contributors
Foreword by Dame Lorna Muirhead and Professor Jim Neilson ix
Chapter 1 Why carry out qualitative research?
Chapter 2 What are the foundations of qualitative research?
Chapter 3 What are the ethical considerations?
Chapter 4 Planning your research
Chapter 5 How to collect qualitative data
Denis Walsh and Lisa Baker
Chapter 6 How do you analyse qualitative data?
Chapter 7 Embedding a qualitative approach within a quantitative framework: an example in a sensitive setting
Claire Snowdon, Diana Elbourne and Jo Garcia
Chapter 8 Exploring the healthcare experiences of people in hard to reach groups
Yana Richens and Lynne Currie
Chapter 9 How do you assess qualitative research?