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Are qualitative methods misunderstood?
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-16, 12:43 authored by Douglas EzzyDouglas Ezzy
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 I demonstrate that a recent article in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health draws on a now outdated natural science methodology of assessing bias in focus groups.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.
Publication titleAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Department/SchoolSchool of Social Sciences
PublisherPublic Health Association of Australia
Place of publicationCurtin, ACT
Socio-economic ObjectivesOther health not elsewhere classified