IMED2003 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Participant Observation, Combined Oral Contraceptive PillPremium
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IMED2003: Revision 7 Notes
● Group of designs which focus on patient-oriented outcomes
■ Why do people.....
■ What are the reasons for....
■ How do people feel about.....
○ Focus groups
○ Participant observation
● Involve explicit sampling strategies and systematic data analysis
○ Portray the voice of the participant, usually absent from qualitative studies,
and therefore provides complementary information!
● Value of such subjective research?
○ There is value in understanding personal experience and how it impacts
the patient and practitioner experience
■ These methods can bridge the gap between scientific evidence and
clinical practice and provide additional improvements to patient
○ Disparities between how doctors and patients view medical conditions
○ Issues with patient compliance/adherence with medication
Case Study or Case-Series Study
● What is it?
○ A study describing a patient or small group of patients affected by a
specific disease, or exposed to a factor (eg. an intervention)
○ Such studies do not provide definitive evidence (in general)
○ Often “hypothesis-generating”
■ which will then require the design of a higher-level study to address
● Good descriptive research should provide information describing?
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