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Case-based approaches for health policy<sup>1</sup>

Erica Bell

in Research for Health Policy

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199549337
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191720635 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549337.003.05
 Case-based approaches for health policy1

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In health and other disciplines there has been some questioning of the quali-quantitative polemic characterizing so much research practice in the last few decades. This chapter aims to suggest that the choices available to researchers for health policy are no longer about big quantitative studies of aggregated datasets versus small-N qualitative ‘narrative’ studies that rely on ‘discourse and persuasion’. It explores how Charles Ragin's writings can be used to better understand context in a hypothetical small-N community health prevention study.

Keywords: quali-quantitative analysis; health policy; health research; Charles Ragin

Chapter.  4726 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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