Qualitative Health (Education) Research

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When you think of healthcare research,  randomized controlled trials, numbers, calculations, and p-values might spring to mind. But did you know there is a different way to do research? In qualitative health (education) research, the experiences, opinions, behaviours, and feelings of patients, healthcare professionals, medical educators, and students are the main topics of interest. Qualitative research focuses on why humans behave in certain ways and on how behavioural mechanisms work. As a qualitative researcher, your own experience and intuition play an important part in your work, which is reflected in the process of gathering and analysing data. However, when you embark on your qualitat…

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When you think of healthcare research,  randomized controlled trials, numbers, calculations, and p-values might spring to mind. But did you know there is a different way to do research? In qualitative health (education) research, the experiences, opinions, behaviours, and feelings of patients, healthcare professionals, medical educators, and students are the main topics of interest. Qualitative research focuses on why humans behave in certain ways and on how behavioural mechanisms work. As a qualitative researcher, your own experience and intuition play an important part in your work, which is reflected in the process of gathering and analysing data. However, when you embark on your qualitative research journey, you could be dazzled and overwhelmed by the many options available to you. In this summer school course, you will find out more about qualitative research and become acquainted with a few specific approaches.

There are three strands within the course: 

• ‘Show’: focuses on visual research (e.g. rich pictures) 

• ‘Tell’: focuses on interview research and the analysis of talk 

• ‘Observe’: focuses on observational research

Students will be guided through the process of data gathering and will practise using this data to get to grips with qualitative analysis. In addition to assignments, the course includes: 

• Share and compare sessions, in which students from different groups share and compare their experiences, progress, observations and questions; 

• Spark sessions, in which guest lecturers inspire participants by presenting various qualitative methods they have used in research; 

• Journal club sessions, in which we discuss papers together.

The Netherlands is known as one of the most active countries in medical education research and is proud to be the epicenter of a European group of qualitative health (education) researchers, called EXQUISITE. The founders and members of EXQUISITE have strong connections with the international medical education community, which will be noticeable for participants following the course.  For a The summer course will be led by experts in health professional (education) research with backgrounds in sociology, medicine, linguistics, education. 

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