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Qualitative methods in PhD theses from general practice in Scandinavia
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Family Medicine.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9271-9260
2017 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, ISSN 0281-3432, E-ISSN 1502-7724, Vol. 35, no 4, p. 309-312Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Qualitative methodology is gaining increasing attention and esteem in medical research, with general practice research taking a lead. With these methods, human and social interaction and meaning can be explored and shared by systematic interpretation of text from talk, observation or video. Qualitative studies are often included in Ph.D. theses from general practice in Scandinavia. Still, the Ph.D. programs across nations and institutions offer only limited training in qualitative methods. In this opinion article, we draw upon our observations and experiences, unpacking and reflecting upon values and challenges at stake when qualitative studies are included in Ph.D. theses. Hypotheses to explain these observations are presented, followed by suggestions for standards of evaluation and improvement of Ph.D. programs. The authors conclude that multimethod Ph.D. theses should be encouraged in general practice research, in order to offer future researchers an appropriate toolbox.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. Vol. 35, no 4, p. 309-312
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PhD, Qualitative research, Scandinavia, general practice, research training
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Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-142038DOI: 10.1080/02813432.2017.1397257ISI: 000416735200002PubMedID: 29094644OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-142038DiVA, id: diva2:1157959
Available from: 2017-11-17 Created: 2017-11-17 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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