Handbook of Qualitative Health Research for Evidence-Based Practice

  • Karin Olson
  • Richard A. Young
  • Izabela Z. Schultz

Part of the Handbooks in Health, Work, and Disability book series (SHHDW, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Setting the Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Karin Olson, Richard A. Young, Izabela Z. Schultz
      Pages 3-6
    3. Richard A. Young, Ladislav Valach, Ada K. Law
      Pages 41-59
    4. David B. Peterson, Travis T. Threats
      Pages 61-76
    5. Kadriye Ercikan, Wolff-Michael Roth
      Pages 77-90
  3. Reviews of Qualitative Health Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Lynn Meadows, Ardene Robinson Vollman
      Pages 93-105
    3. Alexander M. Clark, Lis Neubeck, Pat H. Strachan, Kay Currie, Jan E. Angus
      Pages 107-121
    4. Monika Löfgren, Kristina Schüldt Ekholm, Marie-Louise Schult, Jan Ekholm
      Pages 123-151
    5. Marla J. Buchanan, Patrice Keats
      Pages 153-171
    6. Lindsey Coombes
      Pages 187-201
    7. Rebecca Gewurtz, Sandra Moll, Jennifer M. Poole, Karen Rebeiro Gruhl
      Pages 203-223
    8. Ellen MacEachen, Agnieszka Kosny
      Pages 225-241
    9. Daphne C. Watkins, Jaclynn Hawkins
      Pages 243-256
    10. Shannon D. Scott, Mandy Archibald, Lesley Pullishy, Thane Chambers
      Pages 257-275
    11. Jennifer Hagerty Lingler, Lu Hu
      Pages 277-289
    12. Yoleen P. M. Van Camp, Hilde Bastiaens, Paul Van Royen, Etienne Vermeire
      Pages 373-390
    13. Rhoda Olkin
      Pages 391-410
  4. Using Qualitative Health Research to Improve Health

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 559-567

About this book


This progressive reference redefines qualitative research as a crucial component of evidence-based practice and assesses its current and future impact on healthcare. Its introductory section explains the value of sociocultural context in case conceptualization, and ways this evidence can be integrated with quantitative findings to inform and transform practice. The bulk of the book's chapters review qualitative research in diverse  areas, including pain, trauma, heart disease, COPD, and disabling conditions, and examine ways of effectively evaluating and applying qualitative data. This seismic shift in perception moves the healing professions away from traditional one-size-fits-all thinking and toward responsive, patient-centered care.

Among the topics in the Handbook:

·Examining qualitative alternatives to categorical representation.

·The World Health Organization model of health: what evidence is needed?

·Qualitative research in mental health and mental illness.

·Qualitative evidence in pediatrics.

·The contribution of qualitative research to medication adherence.

·Qualitative evidence in health policy analysis.

The Handbook of Qualitative Health Research for Evidence-Based Practice offers health and clinical psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, occupational and physical therapists, nurses, family physicians and other primary care providers new ways for understanding patients' health-related experiences and opens up new ways for developing interventions intended to improve health outcomes.


evidence-based health practice limitations of quantitative research psychosocial health interventions qualitative health evidence qualitative health research qualitative methodologies

Editors and affiliations

  • Karin Olson
    • 1
  • Richard A. Young
    • 2
  • Izabela Z. Schultz
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of NursingUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, and Special EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, and Special EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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