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Qualitative Methods for Health Research

Qualitative Methods for Health Research

Third Edition
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November 2013 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The Third Edition of this bestselling title is packed full of real-world advice for researchers and students. It is an invaluable introduction to the theoretical and practical essentials needed to design, conduct and appraise qualitative research in health.

The book highlights core research skills, taking the reader through the key debates in qualitative methodology. It sets out a logical, easy-to-follow path supported by practical examples ensuring you will find it engaging and relevant.

Updates for the new edition include:

- a new chapter on effectively combining methods
- new material on the practical aspects of securing access to participants, using online data and on selecting an approach for analysis
- improved material on reading and appraising literature with detailed exploration of systematic reviews and synthesis
- expanded chapters on analysing data, with practical suggestions for moving from descriptive to analytical approaches
- an effective mix of classic and contemporary case studies from across health research
- expanded summaries, key points and reflective questions designed to help students apply theory to their own research.

Clear, thorough and articulate, this is an authoritative introduction to qualitative research for all health professionals and students.

Visit the accompanying companion website for additional resources.

Judith Green is a Professor in Sociology of Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Nicki Thorogood is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.



Qualitative Methodology and Health Research
Developing Qualitative Research Designs
Responsibilities, Ethics and Values
In-Depth Interviews
Group Interviews
Observational Methods
Physical and Virtual Documentary Sources
Beginning Data Analysis
Developing Qualitative Analysis
Reading, Appraising and Integrating Qualitative Research
Mixing Methods and Designs
Writing Up and Disseminating

Revised and updated for a third edition, Green and Thorogood’s excellent textbook provides a solid grounding for health professionals in the theory and practice of qualitative research methods. This new edition, with an increased focus on data management and analysis, will remain the core qualitative methods textbook for our Master in Public Health Programme.

Dr Stephen Clayton, Director of Studies for the Online Master of Public Health
Institute of Learning & Teaching, The University of Liverpool

An excellent research book which takes the student through the basics of qualitative methods of research which for healthcare is a required discipline. Easy to follow and sets out a logical, sequenced path which is supported by good, relevant examples. Ideal for qualified healthcare professionals and student alike.

Mr Steven Kevin Moutrey
Health Sciences and Social Work, University of Portsmouth
December 6, 2016

Essential reading which is concise, highlighting cases and examples of required information for any healthcare professional. The end of chapter summaries are particularly useful, providing a good, easy revision tool which reinforces the knowledge from each chapter as an aid memoir.
From sociological perspectives to professional regulation, all salient aspects are thoroughly covered in an easy to read/understand text. Excellent for healthcare students and practitioners alike.

Mr Steven Kevin Moutrey
Health Sciences and Social Work, University of Portsmouth
November 7, 2016

This is an excellent text which covers a range of approaches and methods in a succinct and practical way. Excellent text for students to use when planning, executing and writing up health-related qualitative research projects.

Dr Francois van Loggerenberg
Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, University of Oxford
October 12, 2016

Some good research examples included here. Very helpful for researchers in the health industry.

Miss Anita Finnegan
Department of Computing, Dundalk Institute of Technology
August 27, 2015

This book would be recommended to students taking undergraduate and postgraduate research design and dissertation modules. Students undertaking health research PhDs would also find the content helpful introduction to their field of research. The book was not adopted for the course indicated, since this is not core content of the course. The reason for non-adopting the text is not the quality of the book, which would be recommended for students wishing to learn about qualitative methods in health research.

Dr Verna Lavender
Health , Oxford Brookes University
July 7, 2015

Mrs Michelle Maden
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
April 17, 2015

Key text for all levels of students undertaking health research from dissertations to PhD's

Ms Amy Taylor
Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
April 16, 2015

Comprehensive yet accessible to students. Pays attention to (research) theory while providing useful and concrete examples. Covers the whole research process including dissemination of results to various audiences. Research ethics are addressed in a practical, not just theoretical, way.

Ms Donna Frost
Nursing , Fontys University of Applied Sciences
April 3, 2015

This is a very useful resource for the student wishing to further their knowledge in a range if qualitative research methodologies. The book is clearly laid out to incorporate qualitative principles; generating data; analysing data and research in practice. Each chapter is also clearly formatted to provide a critical review of each of the topic areas. Altogether this is a welcome resource for both the student and experienced researcher.

Dr Angus Forsyth
Public Health and Wellbeing, Northumbria University
March 30, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: Qualitative Methodology and Health Research