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Overview of qualitative research.

Abstract

Qualitative research methods are a robust tool for chaplaincy research questions. Similar to much of chaplaincy clinical care, qualitative research generally works with written texts, often transcriptions of individual interviews or focus group conversations and seeks to understand the meaning of experience in a study sample. This article describes three common methodologies: ethnography, grounded theory, and phenomenology. Issues to consider relating to the study sample, design, and analysis are discussed. Enhancing the validity of the data, as well reliability and ethical issues in qualitative research are described. Qualitative research is an accessible way for chaplains to contribute new knowledge about the sacred dimension of people's lived experience.

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    a Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Pastoral Care , Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center , Cincinnati , Ohio , USA.

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    MeSH

    Anthropology, Cultural
    Chaplaincy Service, Hospital
    Humans
    Models, Theoretical
    Philosophy
    Qualitative Research
    Reproducibility of Results
    Research Design

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Review

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    24926897