David Hufford

in Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare

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Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199571390
Published online August 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199665037 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbook in Public Health


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Methodology comprises ‘The system of principles, practices and procedures as applied to a specific branch of knowledge.’ That is, methodology is both the methods — the specific procedures of a field — and the assumptions, rationale and patterns of behaviour that underlie those procedures. Methodology is the framework of a field, and a new field such as spirituality and healthcare (SaH) needs time for methodology to develop and mature. In this chapter I will discuss the field’s methodology in terms of definitions, common methods, problems of scope, and unexamined biases that hinder methodological development.

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Palliative Medicine

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