Edited By Evelin Witruk, Shally Novita, Yumi Lee and Dian Sari Utami
Hamidreza Khankeh & Maryam Ranjbar - Conducting Qualitative Research in Health
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Hamidreza Khankeh1,2 & Maryam Ranjbar3,4
1 University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Iran
2 Karolinska Institute, Sweden
3 Institute of Humanities and Social Studies, Iran
4 University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Iran
Conducting Qualitative Research in Health
Abstract. Qualitative research focuses on social world and provides investigators with the tools to study health phenomena from the perspective of those perceiving and experiencing them. This kind of research needs researchers bring their whole self into the process. To do this kind of research, identifying the research problem, forming the research question and selecting an appropriate methodology and research design are some of the initial challenges that researchers encounter in the early stages of a qualitative research project. These problems are common particularly for novice researchers. The purpose of this paper is to describe the practical challenges of qualitative inquiry in health and the challenges researchers faced doing interpretive research. The papers try to address the practical challenges of employing qualitative research in the field of health. This is a conceptual paper discussing the practical challenges to do qualitative research in the field of health, based on professional experience as a qualitative designer and available literature. One of the main topics discussed in this paper is to understand the nature of qualitative research, its inherent challenges and how to overcome them. Some of the challenges highlighted in this paper include: identifying the research...
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