Quantitative and qualitative methods in UK health research: then, now and . . . ?

McPherson, K; Leydon, G; (2002) Quantitative and qualitative methods in UK health research: then, now and . . . ? European journal of cancer care, 11 (3). pp. 225-31. ISSN 0961-5423 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2354.2002.00347.x

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This paper examines the current status of qualitative and quantitative research in the context of UK (public) health research in cancer. It is proposed that barren competition between qualitative and quantitative methods is inevitable, but that effective synergy between them continues to be essential to research excellence. The perceived methodological utility, with respect to understanding residual uncertainties, can account for the status accorded various research techniques and these will help to explain shifts witnessed in recent years and contribute towards an understanding of what can be realistically expected in terms of future progress. It is argued that the methodological debate, though familiar to many, is worthy of rearticulation in the context of cancer research where the psychosocial aspects of living with a cancer and the related complexity of providing appropriate cancer care are being addressed across Europe, as evidenced in recent directions in policy and research.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: cancer, research paradigms, research methods, United-states, medicine, england, Data Collection, methods, Data Interpretation, Statistical, Great Britain, Human, Neoplasms, psychology, Public Health, Quality Indicators, Health Care, trends, Research Design, standards, trends
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 12296843
Web of Science ID: 178184400014
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/16829


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