Social Research Methods in Health


At the end of the module, students should: (i) have acquired knowledge and skills in methods and techniques of scientific research, according to the qualitative approach, guaranteeing them autonomy in the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of empirical research projects in the field of social sciences in health; (ii) be able to identify and describe the logical and chronological key steps of the qualitative research process, including research designs (grounded theory, phenomenological analysis, case study) and qualitative samplig methods; (iii) know how to use some of the most common qualitative techniques of data collection (observation, interview, focus group; (iv) be able to carry out content analysis (thematic, grounded theory); (iv) and know how to present and discuss qualitative metidos and results

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Denzin, NK, Lincoln YS. Handbook of qualitative research (4th Edition). Thousand Oaks, California. Sage, 2011.
Flick U. Métodos Qualitativos na Investigação Científica. Monitor. Lisboa. 2002.
Merriam SB. Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation (4th Edition). Wiley & Sons. 2016.
Creswell JW. Research Design: Qualitative & Quantitative Approaches (4th Edition). Sage Publications. Thousand Oaks, London. 2013.

Silverman D. Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook (4th Edition). Sage. 2013.

Teaching method

Teaching methods are based on theoretical and theoretical-practical sessions, including oral presentation, group discussion and exercises focusing the development of data collection tools, data analysis and critical analysis of qualitative studies.
The final evaluation results from: (i) the critical analysis of a paper in the field of health management, with a qualitative approach (75%); and (ii) consideration of attendance and active participation in classroom, including the response to small exercises in classroom or in e-learning sessions (25%).

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Subject matter

(1) Relevance of methods and techniques of qualitative research; (2) Guidelines for the design of a qualitative research project; (3) Applications and domais of qualitative research metidos in health research; (4) Qualitative data collection procedures; (5) Qualitative data analysis; (6) Scientific writing based on qualitative approaches.