The last two decades have seen a raised awareness of qualitative approaches to health care. These methods involve an understanding of human experiences, and take a humanistic and holistic approach which is essential in nursing and midwifery where the focus is on caring, communication and interaction. This book provides perspectives and practical guidelines, describing a variety of qualitative research approaches, as well as the data collection and analyses specific to these methods. There is also consideration of the ethical issues and problems which may arise. For those who wish to extend their knowledge, there are discussions of philosopohical and theoretical issues.
The research proposal; data collection; ethnography; grounded theory; phenomological research; other approaches; ethics; problems in qualitative research; writing; the philosophy of qualitative method.