Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Qualitative Research

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2885

Definition

Qualitative research involves exploratory studies (to explore an unknown sector, identify the main dimensions of a problem, draw assumptions, or understand motivations) or operational studies based on in-depth analysis of interviewee responses (in a group or individually), typically in “focus groups”. It most often deals with a restricted sample of individuals that does not necessarily need to be representative. It may be the preliminary phase of a quantitative study or stand-alone research.

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