9780470019634

Qualitative Research for Allied Health Professionals : Challenging Choices

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  • ISBN13:

    9780470019634

  • ISBN10:

    0470019638

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-03-31
  • Publisher: Wiley
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Summary

This practical text addresses a gap in the literature by mapping the links between philosophy, research method and practice in an accessible, readable way. It offers guidance to allied health professionals - increasingly involved in research as the emphasis grows on evidence-based practice - on how to engage in meaningful, good quality qualitative research. To help researchers take on this challenge, the book:- highlights some of the choices involved in carrying out qualitative research- offers a wide range of practical examples to show how different ways of doing qualitative research can be managed- critically examines a variety of qualitative research methodologies of particular interest to allied health professionals- clarifies the links between epistemology, methodology and method.The book is structured in three parts. Part I sensitises readers to the complex issues which challenge qualitative researchers at the planning stage of their projects. In Part II, the challenge of using different methodologies is critically explored by eleven authors, who describe their individual research experiences. Part III examines the choices researchers make when they evaluate and present research.

Author Biography

Linda Finlay PhD, BA(Hons), DipCOT, Academic Consultant, The Open University, Milton Keynes and MSc dissertation supervisor Physiotherapy & OT, University of East London, UK.

Claire Ballinger PhD, MSc, DipCOT, Reader in Occupational Therapy, London South Bank University, UK.

Table of Contents

Contributors ix
Prologue xi
PART I Planning the research
1(60)
`Going exploring': The nature of qualitative research
3(6)
Linda Finlay
Mapping methodology
9(21)
Linda Finlay
Strategic choices in research planning
30(16)
Barbara Steward
Ethical and governance issues in qualitative research
46(15)
Claire Ballinger
Rose Wiles
PART II Doing the research
61(172)
A grounded theory of the wellbeing of older people
63(16)
Mandy Stanley
An ethnography of physiotherapy culture
79(14)
Barbara Richardson
Investigating invisible groups using mixed methodologies
93(15)
Barbara Steward
Communication practices in physiotherapy: A conversation analytic study
108(17)
Ruth H. Parry
Using biographical research with disabled young people
125(14)
Michael Curtin
Low back pain: Exploring the meaning of exercise management through interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)
139(17)
Sarah G. Dean
Jonathan A. Smith
Sheila Payne
Using a biographic-narrative-interpretive method: Exploring motivation in mental health
156(15)
Tanya Campbell-Breen
Fiona Poland
Empowering young people through participatory research?
171(14)
Anne Killett
The embodied experience of multiple sclerosis: An existential-phenomenological analysis
185(15)
Linda Finlay
Discourse analysis in action: The construction of risk in a community day hospital
200(18)
Claire Ballinger
Julianne Cheek
A case study of unconscious processes in an organisation
218(15)
Paula Hyde
PART III Presenting the research
233(24)
Demonstrating rigour and quality?
235(12)
Claire Ballinger
Disseminating the research: Towards knowledge
247(10)
Linda Finlay
Barbara Steward
Glossary 257(8)
Index 265

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