Health sciences research is often associated with quantitative research; that is, research which collects data that can be manipulated numerically using statistical techniques in order to develop an explanation a particular phenomenon. While qualitative research methodologies are routinely utilized in the social sciences, these methodologies are increasingly being used in the health sciences.
The broad term of qualitative research methods refers to a number of methodologies that can be used to collect and interpret data, for example, widely utilized methods include interviews, surveys and focus groups. Qualitative methods can be used to understand the why and how, allowing researchers a more in-depth understanding of a particular phenomenon.
Several journals publish peer-reviewed qualitative health sciences research, including: Qualitative Health Research, the International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, and the International Journal of Qualitative Methods.
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