Qualitative Methods in Pharmacy Practice Research

  • Susanne KaaeEmail author
  • Janine Marie Traulsen


Qualitative research within pharmacy practice is concerned with understanding the behavior of actors such as pharmacy staff, pharmacy owners, patients, other healthcare professionals, and politicians to explore various types of existing practices and beliefs in order to improve them. As qualitative research attempts to answer the “why” questions, it is useful for describing, in rich detail, complex phenomena that are situated and embedded in local contexts. Typical methods include interviews, observation, document analysis, and netnography. Qualitative research has to live up to a set of rigid quality criteria of research conduct to provide trustworthy results that contribute to the further development of the area.


Qualitative Research Interview Guide Focus Group Interview Pharmacy Practice Pharmacy Staff 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Department of PharmacyUniversity of CopenhagenKøbenhavnDenmark

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