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Principles of Teaching Health Care - Prof. Seid Spring 2018: Qualitative Studies


Qualitative studies attempt to reveal deep meaning in social phenomena.

They are documentary in nature and marked by a social interaction with the subject.  


Observational Studies 


Focus Groups

Case Studies (Can be "longitudinal")

Phenomenological (observing "lived experiences" and sensations, study of judgment, perception & emotion of a group of people)

Ethnography (description of the culture of a group of people)

Materials Field notes, recordings, audio/video

Uses Inductive Reasoning 

Open-ended; Seeks exploration

Sometimes lacks a clear hypothesis

Less structured

More individualistic


Flexible, can change mid-stream depending on findings


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