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Jeanfreau SG, Jack L Jr. Appraising qualitative research in health education: guidelines for public health educators. Health Promot Pract. 2010 Sep;11(5):612-7. doi: 10.1177/1524839910363537. Review. PubMed PMID: 20817630; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3012622.

Christensen A. Are quantitative and qualitative research misleading concepts? Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2014 Jun 17;134(11):1130. doi: 10.4045/tidsskr.14.0188. eCollection 2014 Jun 17. English, Norwegian. PubMed PMID: 24939777.

Cooper C, O'Cathain A, Hind D, Adamson J, Lawton J, Baird W. Conducting qualitative research within Clinical Trials Units: avoiding potential pitfalls. Contemp Clin Trials. 2014 Jul;38(2):338-43. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2014.06.002. Epub 2014 Jun 14. PubMed PMID: 24937019.

Jansen YJ, Foets MM, de Bont AA. The contribution of qualitative research to the development of tailor-made community-based interventions in primary care: a review. Eur J Public Health. 2010 Apr;20(2):220-6. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckp085. Epub 2009 Jun 26. Review. PubMed PMID: 19561172.

Drabble SJ, O'Cathain A, Thomas KJ, Rudolph A, Hewison J. Describing qualitative research undertaken with randomised controlled trials in grant proposals: a documentary analysis. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2014 Feb 18;14:24. doi: 10.1186/1471-2288-14-24. PubMed PMID: 24533771; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3937073.

Berterö C. Developing qualitative methods - or "same old wine in a new bottle". Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being. 2015 May 13;10:27679. doi: 10.3402/qhw.v10.27679. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 25977121; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4432020.

Dharamsi S, Charles G. Ethnography: traditional and criticalist conceptions of a qualitative research method. Can Fam Physician. 2011 Mar;57(3):378-9. Review. PubMed PMID: 21402974; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3056692.

Tavener M, Chojenta C, Loxton D. Generating qualitative data by design: theAustralian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health qualitative data collection. Public Health Res Pract. 2016 Jul 15;26(3). pii: 2631631. doi: 10.17061/phrp2631631. PubMed PMID: 27421343.

O'Cathain A, Goode J, Drabble SJ, Thomas KJ, Rudolph A, Hewison J. Getting added value from using qualitative research with randomized controlled trials: a qualitative interview study. Trials. 2014 Jun 9;15:215. doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-15-215. PubMed PMID: 24913438; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4059032.

Munoz-Plaza CE, Parry C, Hahn EE, Tang T, Nguyen HQ, Gould MK, Kanter MH, Sharp AL. Integrating qualitative research methods into care improvement efforts within a learning health system: addressing antibiotic overuse. Health Res Policy Syst. 2016 Aug 15;14(1):63. doi: 10.1186/s12961-016-0122-3. PubMed PMID: 27527079; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4986245.

Shuval K, Harker K, Roudsari B, Groce NE, Mills B, Siddiqi Z, Shachak A. Is qualitative research second class science? A quantitative longitudinal examination of qualitative research in medical journals. PLoS One. 2011 Feb 24;6(2):e16937. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0016937. PubMed PMID: 21383987; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3044713.

Barnett-Page E, Thomas J. Methods for the synthesis of qualitative research: a critical review. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2009 Aug 11;9:59. doi: 10.1186/1471-2288-9-59. Review. PubMed PMID: 19671152; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3224695.

Barnett-Page E, Thomas J. Methods for the synthesis of qualitative research: a critical review. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2009 Aug 11;9:59. doi: 10.1186/1471-2288-9-59. Review. PubMed PMID: 19671152; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3224695.

Greenhalgh T ... [et al.]. An open letter to The BMJ editors on qualitative research. BMJ. 2016 Feb 10;352:i563. doi: 10.1136/bmj.i563. Erratum in: BMJ. 2016;352:i957. PubMed PMID: 26865572.

Grossoehme DH. Overview of qualitative research. J Health Care Chaplain. 2014;20(3):109-22. doi: 10.1080/08854726.2014.925660. Review. PubMed PMID: 24926897; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4609437.

Taquette SR, Minayo MC, Rodrigues Ade O. The perceptions of medical researchers on qualitative methodologies. Cad Saude Publica. 2015 Apr;31(4):722-32. PubMed PMID: 25945982.

Tayabas LM, León TC, Espino JM. Qualitative evaluation: a critical and interpretative complementary approach to improve health programs and services. Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being. 2014 Aug 22;9:24417. doi: 10.3402/qhw.v9.24417. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 25152220; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4142224.

Reynolds J, Kizito J, Ezumah N, Mangesho P, Allen E, Chandler C. Quality assurance of qualitative research: a review of the discourse. Health Res Policy Syst. 2011 Dec 19;9:43. doi: 10.1186/1478-4505-9-43. Review. PubMed PMID: 22182674; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3267652.

Williamson AE, Burns N. The safety of researchers and participants in primary care qualitative research. Br J Gen Pract. 2014 Apr;64(621):198-200. doi: 10.3399/bjgp14X679480. PubMed PMID: 24686879; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3964461.

Booth A. Searching for qualitative research for inclusion in systematic reviews: a structured methodological review. Syst Rev. 2016 May 4;5:74. doi: 10.1186/s13643-016-0249-x. Review. PubMed PMID: 27145932; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4855695.

Weiner BJ, Amick HR, Lund JL, Lee SY, Hoff TJ. Use of qualitative methods in published health services and management research: a 10-year review. Med Care Res Rev. 2011 Feb;68(1):3-33. doi: 10.1177/1077558710372810. Epub 2010 Jul 30. Review. PubMed PMID: 20675353; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3102584.

Orton L, Lloyd-Williams F, Taylor-Robinson D, O'Flaherty M, Capewell S. The use of research evidence in public health decision making processes: systematic review. PLoS One. 2011;6(7):e21704. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0021704. Epub 2011 Jul 26. Review. PubMed PMID: 21818262; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3144216.

Dixon-Woods M. Using framework-based synthesis for conducting reviews of qualitative studies. BMC Med. 2011 Apr 14;9:39. doi: 10.1186/1741-7015-9-39. PubMed PMID: 21492447; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3095548.

Thomas J, O'Mara-Eves A, Brunton G. Using qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) in systematic reviews of complex interventions: a worked example. Syst Rev. 2014 Jun 20;3:67. doi: 10.1186/2046-4053-3-67. PubMed PMID: 24950727; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4079172.

Candy B, King M, Jones L, Oliver S. Using qualitative evidence on patients' views to help understand variation in effectiveness of complex interventions: a qualitative comparative analysis. Trials. 2013 Jun 18;14:179. doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-14-179. PubMed PMID: 23777465; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3693880.

McGrath C, Rofail D, Gargon E, Abetz L. Using qualitative methods to inform the trade-off between content validity and consistency in utility assessment: the example of type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2010 Feb 12;8:23. doi: 10.1186/1477-7525-8-23. Review. PubMed PMID: 20152041; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2844366.

Reis S, Hermoni D, Van-Raalte R, Dahan R, Borkan JM. Aggregation of qualitative studies--From theory to practice: Patient priorities and family medicine/general practice evaluations. Patient Educ Couns. 2007 Feb;65(2):214-22. Epub 2006 Sep 28. PubMed PMID: 17010557.

Artino AR Jr, Gehlbach H, Durning SJ. AM last page: Avoiding five common pitfalls of survey design. Acad Med. 2011 Oct;86(10):1327. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e31822f77cc. PubMed PMID: 21955721.

Kim H, Sefcik JS, Bradway C. Characteristics of Qualitative Descriptive Studies: A Systematic Review. Res Nurs Health. 2017 Feb;40(1):23-42. doi: 10.1002/nur.21768. Epub 2016 Sep 30. Review. PubMed PMID: 27686751; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5225027.

Seymour J. Combined qualitative and quantitative research designs. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2012 Dec;6(4):514-24. doi: 10.1097/SPC.0b013e328358214e. Review. PubMed PMID: 23128880.

Saddler D. A comparison of quantitative and qualitative research terms. Gastroenterol Nurs. 2007 Jul-Aug;30(4):314-6. PubMed PMID: 17724411.

Mayan M, Lo S, Richter S, Dastjerdi M, Drummond J. Community-Based Participatory Research: Ameliorating Conflict When Community and Research Practices Meet. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2016 Summer;10(2):259-64. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2016.0023. PubMed PMID: 27346772.

Morse JM, Dimitroff LJ, Harper R, Koontz A, Kumra S, Matthew-Maich N, Mihas P, Murphey C. Considering the qualitative-quantitative language divide. Qual Health Res. 2011 Sep;21(9):1302-3. doi: 10.1177/1049732310392386. Epub 2010 Dec 7. PubMed PMID: 21139043.

Lee S, Smith CA. Criteria for quantitative and qualitative data integration: mixed-methods research methodology. Comput Inform Nurs. 2012 May;30(5):251-6. doi: 10.1097/NXN.0b013e31824b1f96. PubMed PMID: 22411415.

Pickler RH. Evaluating qualitative research studies. J Pediatr Health Care. 2007 May-Jun;21(3):195-7. PubMed PMID: 17478311.

Moon MD, Wolf LA, Baker K, Carman MJ, Clark PR, Henderson D, Manton A, Zavotsky KE. Evaluating qualitative research studies for use in the clinical setting. J Emerg Nurs. 2013 Sep;39(5):508-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2013.06.009. Review. PubMed PMID: 23998230.

Fernández-Guerrero IM, Torralbo M, Fernández-Cano A. A forerunner of qualitative health research: Risueno's report against the use of statistics. Qual Health Res. 2014 Jan;24(1):124-35. doi: 10.1177/1049732313519707. Epub 2014 Jan 8. PubMed PMID: 24401178.

Ummel D, Achille M. How Not to Let Secrets Out When Conducting Qualitative Research With Dyads. Qual Health Res. 2016 May;26(6):807-15. doi: 10.1177/1049732315627427. Epub 2016 Feb 17. PubMed PMID: 26893306.

Nimmon L, Paradis E, Schrewe B, Mylopoulos M. Integrating Theory Into Qualitative Medical Education Research. J Grad Med Educ. 2016 Jul;8(3):437-8. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-16-00206.1. PubMed PMID: 27413452; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4936867.

Noble H, Smith J. Issues of validity and reliability in qualitative research. Evid Based Nurs. 2015 Apr;18(2):34-5. doi: 10.1136/eb-2015-102054. Epub 2015 Feb 4. PubMed PMID: 25653237.

Morse JM, Cheek J. Making room for qualitatively-driven mixed-method research. Qual Health Res. 2014 Jan;24(1):3-5. doi: 10.1177/1049732313513656. PubMed PMID: 24448383.

Foster J. Measurement in Intervention Research. Clin Nurse Spec. 2016 Sep-Oct;30(5):253-6. doi: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000233. PubMed PMID: 27509559.

Mohammed MA, Moles RJ, Chen TF. Meta-synthesis of qualitative research: the challenges and opportunities. Int J Clin Pharm. 2016 Jun;38(3):695-704. doi: 10.1007/s11096-016-0289-2. Epub 2016 Apr 6. Review. Erratum in: Int J Clin Pharm. 2016 Jun;38(3):738. PubMed PMID: 27052213.

Concato J, Lawler EV, Lew RA, Gaziano JM, Aslan M, Huang GD. Observational methods in comparative effectiveness research. Am J Med. 2010 Dec;123(12 Suppl 1):e16-23. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2010.10.004. Review. PubMed PMID: 21184862.

Nepal VP. On mixing qualitative methods. Qual Health Res. 2010 Feb;20(2):281. doi: 10.1177/1049732309355717. PubMed PMID: 20065311.

Morse JM. The paradox of qualitative research design. Qual Health Res. 2003 Dec;13(10):1335-6. PubMed PMID: 14658349.

Florczak KL. Power Relations: Their Embodiment in Research. Nurs Sci Q. 2016 Jul;29(3):192-6. doi: 10.1177/0894318416647167. PubMed PMID: 27271128.

Gooberman-Hill R. Qualitative approaches to understanding patient preferences.Patient. 2012;5(4):215-23. doi: 10.2165/11633720-000000000-00000. PubMed PMID: 23006055.

Houghton C, Murphy K, Shaw D, Casey D. Qualitative case study data analysis: an example from practice. Nurse Res. 2015 May;22(5):8-12. doi: 10.7748/nr.22.5.8.e1307. PubMed PMID: 25976531.

Morse JM. Qualitative comparison: appropriateness, equivalence, and fit. Qual Health Res. 2004 Dec;14(10):1323-5. PubMed PMID: 15538002.

Noble H, Smith J. Qualitative data analysis: a practical example. Evid Based Nurs. 2014 Jan;17(1):2-3. doi: 10.1136/eb-2013-101603. Epub 2013 Nov 20. PubMed PMID: 24257909.

Rusinová K, Pochard F, Kentish-Barnes N, Chaize M, Azoulay E. Qualitative research: adding drive and dimension to clinical research. Crit Care Med. 2009 Jan;37(1 Suppl):S140-6. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e31819207e7. PubMed PMID: 19104214.

Gregory DM, Way CY. Qualitative research in clinical epidemiology. Methods Mol Biol. 2015;1281:301-13. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2428-8_18. PubMed PMID: 25694318.

Hammarberg K, Kirkman M, de Lacey S. Qualitative research methods: when to use them and how to judge them. Hum Reprod. 2016 Mar;31(3):498-501. doi: 10.1093/humrep/dev334. Epub 2016 Jan 11. PubMed PMID: 26759142.

Trotter RT 2nd. Qualitative research sample design and sample size: resolving and unresolved issues and inferential imperatives. Prev Med. 2012 Nov;55(5):398-400. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.07.003. Epub 2012 Jul 16. PubMed PMID: 22800684.

Press N. Qualitative research: thoughts on how to do it; how to judge it; when to use it.Genet Med. 2005 Mar;7(3):155-8. PubMed PMID: 15775750.

Collingridge DS, Gantt EE. The quality of qualitative research. Am J Med Qual. 2008 Sep-Oct;23(5):389-95. doi: 10.1177/1062860608320646. PubMed PMID: 18820144.

Petty NJ, Thomson OP, Stew G. Ready for a paradigm shift? Part 2: introducing qualitative research methodologies and methods. Man Ther. 2012 Oct;17(5):378-84. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2012.03.004. Epub 2012 Apr 3. PubMed PMID: 22480949.

Baker L, Phelan S, Snelgrove R, Varpio L, Maggi J, Ng S. Recognizing and Responding to Ethically Important Moments in Qualitative Research. J Grad Med Educ. 2016 Oct;8(4):607-608. PubMed PMID: 27777677; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5058599.

Pengelly T. Research essentials. Understanding the principles of data analysis. Nurs Child Young People. 2015 Jul;27(6):12. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.27.6.12.s13. PubMed PMID: 26156606.

Madjar I, Taylor B, Lawler J. The role of qualitative research in evidence based practice.Collegian. 2002 Oct;9(4):7-9. PubMed PMID: 12539920.

Bellamy K, Ostini R, Martini N, Kairuz T. Seeking to understand: using generic qualitative research to explore access to medicines and pharmacy services among resettled refugees. Int J Clin Pharm. 2016 Jun;38(3):671-5. doi: 10.1007/s11096-016-0261-1. Epub 2016 Feb 12. Erratum in: Int J Clin Pharm. 2016 Apr;38(2):469. PubMed PMID: 26873481.

Dempsey L, Dowling M, Larkin P, Murphy K. Sensitive Interviewing in Qualitative Research. Res Nurs Health. 2016 Dec;39(6):480-490. doi: 10.1002/nur.21743. Epub 2016 Jul 19. PubMed PMID: 27434172.

Morse JM. Serving two masters: the qualitatively-driven, mixed-method proposal. Qual Health Res. 2008 Dec;18(12):1607-8. doi: 10.1177/1049732308326246. PubMed PMID: 19008360.

Malterud K. Systematic text condensation: a strategy for qualitative analysis. Scand J Public Health. 2012 Dec;40(8):795-805. doi: 10.1177/1403494812465030. PubMed PMID: 23221918.

Stige B, Malterud K, Midtgarden T. Toward an agenda for evaluation of qualitative research. Qual Health Res. 2009 Oct;19(10):1504-16. doi: 10.1177/1049732309348501. PubMed PMID: 19805812.

Tai J, Ajjawi R. Undertaking and reporting qualitative research. Clin Teach. 2016 Jun;13(3):175-82. doi: 10.1111/tct.12552. PubMed PMID: 27146221.

Stevens K, Palfreyman S. The use of qualitative methods in developing the descriptive systems of preference-based measures of health-related quality of life for use in economic evaluation. Value Health. 2012 Dec;15(8):991-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2012.08.2204. Epub 2012 Oct 25. PubMed PMID: 23244799.

Balmer DF, Rama JA, Athina Tina Martimianakis M, Stenfors-Hayes T. Using Data From Program Evaluations for Qualitative Research. J Grad Med Educ. 2016 Dec;8(5):773-774. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-16-00540.1. PubMed PMID: 28018547; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5180537.

Reeves S, Albert M, Kuper A, Hodges BD. Why use theories in qualitative research?BMJ. 2008 Aug 7;337:a949. doi: 10.1136/bmj.a949. PubMed PMID: 18687730.

Magilvy JK, Thomas E. A first qualitative project: qualitative descriptive design for novice researchers. J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2009 Oct;14(4):298-300. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2009.00212.x. PubMed PMID: 19796329.

Sale JE. How to assess rigour . . . or not in qualitative papers. J Eval Clin Pract. 2008 Oct;14(5):912-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2008.01093.x. Review. PubMed PMID: 19018925.

Ludwig R, Johnston J. How to Build a Quantitative Research Project. Radiol Technol. 2016 Jul;87(6):713-5. PubMed PMID: 27390243.

Bond C, Foley W, Askew D. "It puts a human face on the researched"--A qualitative evaluation of an Indigenous health research governance model. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2016 Apr;40 Suppl 1:S89-95. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12422. Epub 2015 Aug 10. PubMed PMID: 26260982.

Maudsley G. Mixing it but not mixed-up: mixed methods research in medical education (a critical narrative review). Med Teach. 2011;33(2):e92-104. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2011.542523. Review. PubMed PMID: 21275539.

Wilson I. Qualitative research in medical education. Med Educ. 2010 Sep;44(9):942. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2923.2010.03763.x. PubMed PMID: 20716106.

Hanson JL, Balmer DF, Giardino AP. Qualitative research methods for medical educators. Acad Pediatr. 2011 Sep-Oct;11(5):375-86. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2011.05.001. Epub 2011 Jul 23. PubMed PMID: 21783450.

Thomas E, Magilvy JK. Qualitative rigor or research validity in qualitative research. J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2011 Apr;16(2):151-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2011.00283.x. PubMed PMID: 21439005.

Broeder JL, Donze A. The role of qualitative research in evidence-based practice. Neonatal Netw. 2010 May-Jun;29(3):197-202. Review. PubMed PMID: 20472537.

Kramer-Kile ML. Situating methodology within qualitative research. Can J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2012 Fall;22(4):27-31. PubMed PMID: 23488363.

Ryan F, Coughlan M, Cronin P. Step-by-step guide to critiquing research. Part 2: Qualitative research. Br J Nurs. 2007 Jun 28-Jul 11;16(12):738-44. Review. PubMed PMID: 17851363.

Jones R. Strength of evidence in qualitative research. J Clin Epidemiol. 2007 Apr;60(4):321-3. Epub 2006 Sep 1. PubMed PMID: 17346603.

Green HE. Use of theoretical and conceptual frameworks in qualitative research. Nurse Res. 2014 Jul;21(6):34-8. doi: 10.7748/nr.21.6.34.e1252. PubMed PMID: 25059086.

Jack SM. Utility of qualitative research findings in evidence-based public health practice. Public Health Nurs. 2006 May-Jun;23(3):277-83. Review. PubMed PMID: 16684207.

Clarke L. The value of qualitative research. Nurs Stand. 2004 Sep 8-14;18(52):41-4. Review. PubMed PMID: 15473208.

Lingard L. When I say … grounded theory. Med Educ. 2014 Aug;48(8):748-9. doi: 10.1111/medu.12394. PubMed PMID: 25039730.


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