Qualitative research methods in family medicine: what and why?
AbstractQualitative research is a method that emphasizes interpretiveand naturalistic approach to its subject matter. Qualitativeresearch methods focus on interactive process between theresearcher and participants, sampling is purposive, and dataanalysis is simultaneous with collection. Quantitativeresearcher study things in their natural setting, attempting tointerpret phenomena in terms of the meaning that people bringto them. While qualitative and quantitative research mayaddress similar research topic, each will address different typequestions. In contrast to quantitative research, qualitativeresearch generates hypothesis instead of testing hypothesis,give explanation instead of measurement, and provideunderstanding rather than generalisability. (copied from article)
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