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Perception of Physicians

A Qualitative Research


A Papa Smurf or Superman...Spring or winter…Woman or man…Circle or triangle…All of the people have definitely received treatment from a physician. All right then, how are the physicians perceived? Or how do you want to be perceived if you are a physician? This is an original work based on qualitative research. The author took a photo; here is a selfie opportunity for you. Do you want to know how patients see the physicians? This book offers clues about how physicians are perceived. If you want, you can have a look at the photo together with the author.

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In this study, it is aimed to determine how physicians and the medical profession are perceived in Turkey. Qualitative methods based on interpretation were preferred in the research plan, since the aim of the research is to discover perceptions and thoughts about physicians36. Qualitative researches are studies in which qualitative data collection methods such as observation, interview and document analysis are used, and a qualitative process is followed to reveal perceptions and events in a realistic and holistic manner in the natural environment37. It is stated that qualitative research consists of a series of interpretative and material applications that make the world visible. It is focused on the participants’ perspectives, comments and multiple subjective opinions38.

Criterion sampling, one of the purposeful sampling methods, was preferred as the sampling method. Purposeful sampling is widely used in qualitative research to identify and select information-rich cases in optimum use of limited resources. This technique is based on the principle of selecting individuals who have knowledge and experience, who are accessible, willing to participate in the research, and have the ability to express their thoughts clearly39. Criterion sampling is the method of selecting all cases that meet some predetermined importance criteria40,41. It is aimed to provide a comprehensive understanding of all studies that meet certain predetermined criteria41. There are several discussions about what the correct sample size should be. However, most scientists argue that the concept of satiety is the most important factor to be considered42.

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