Qualitative research methods in mental health

Rob Whitley

in Oxford Textbook of Community Mental Health

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ISBN: 9780199565498
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640478 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Qualitative research methods in mental health

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In this chapter I set out to introduce the reader to qualitative research in mental health. I describe its main methods of inquiry, and its underpinning foundational and philosophical principles. I give numerous examples of where qualitative research has been fruitfully employed in community psychiatry. I then describe criteria of rigour which can be used to assess the strength and contribution of any qualitative study in mental health. I believe qualitative research continues to offer interesting insights into the prevention, diagnosis, phenomenology, treatment, management, and understanding of psychiatric disorder. It may also assist resolution of current policy imperatives, such as calls for person-centred care, and more thorough evaluations of service effectiveness.

Chapter.  6038 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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