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Research Methods

David Barnard, Patricia Boston R.N., Anna Towers and Yanna Lambrinidou

in Crossing Over

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780195123432
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999835 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123432.003.0022
Research Methods

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This chapter aims to outline the premises of the qualitative research, to show the relevance of qualitative methods to palliative care and to explain the specific methods used in this book. It seeks to provide a better understanding of the ethnographic and narrative inquiry that was used in dealing with the experiences of the patients, families, and care givers in the palliative care. In the chapter, the rationale behind this study, the ethnographic methods and techniques used to gather and analyze data, the role played by the participant-observer, and ethical issues related to palliative research in palliative care are discussed and examined.

Keywords: qualitative research; relevance; qualitative methods; ethnographic inquiry; narrative inquiry; ethnographic methods; techniques; data; ethical issues

Chapter.  5410 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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