Dr Katrina Turner (course organiser), Dr Jeremy Horwood, Dr Ailsa Cameron, Dr Maggie Evans, Dr Alice Malpass
18 April 2013
To provide participants with an understanding of how to critically appraise qualitative research papers.
By the end of the course students should be able to:
describe the main qualitative methods used in health services research;
discuss how to assess the reliability, validity and trustworthiness of different qualitative methods;
locate checklists and guides for critically appraising qualitative studies;
understand the purpose of critical appraisal when doing a meta-analysis of qualitative papers;
critically assess qualitative papers published in social science and medical journals.
Postgraduate students, health services researchers, public health specialists and other health care professionals who would like to extend their critical appraisal skills to include qualitative research. A basic understanding of qualitative research methods would be an advantage but is not essential.
Seven hours consisting of short lectures and small group work. The emphasis is on interactive learning through discussion and participation. Pre-course reading will be provided and additional materials are supplied during the course.
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Kuper, A., Reeves, S. and Levinson, W. (2008) An introduction to reading and appraising qualitative research. BMJ, 337, 404-407.
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