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Spotlight on Women's Health

Qualitative Methods in Rapid Turn-Around Health Services Research


by Alison Hamilton, PhD, MPH
Seminar date: 12/11/2013

Description: Complex research projects increasingly rely on the rigorous application of qualitative data collection methods by a team of researchers who are also responsible for data analysis. Rapid and iterative data analysis necessitates particular analytic skills, strategies, and theories. This presentation will cover study design, data collection, and fundamentals of data analysis, with a particular focus on the exigencies of qualitative research within rapid turn-around health services research, including implementation research. Methodological examples will be drawn from a one-year VA Women’s Health Services-supported project involving qualitative interviews with providers and administrators at HSR&D Women’s Health Practice-Based Research Network sites. For this project, data had to be collected and findings had to be generated quickly to inform our Operations partner about recent developments in implementation of telehealth services in women’s health. This cyberseminar is geared toward health services researchers who are using or are interested in using qualitative methods in their studies.

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