This course aims to promote the students'''' appreciation for the qualitative approach in epidemiological research. It is intended that students be able to articulate the theoretical and practical concepts of qualitative methodologies, recognizing the specificity of the techniques involved and their different contexts of application. Thus, it is intended that students be able to:
1. Identify the characteristics of different research paradigms and methodologies and to realize the differences between qualitative versus quantitative methodologies
2. Understand the principles and conceptual contexts of application of qualitative
3. Know and apply the key processes of information collection in qualitative
4. Implement specific techniques for collecting, handling and analysing qualitative data.
5. Develop skills that enables them to perform qualitative research
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Total - 40
DIAS, S, GAMA, A. - Introdução à Investigação Qualitativa em Saúde Pública.
Lisboa: Almedina, 2019.
CRESWELL, J. W., Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Method
Approaches. 3th edition. London: Sage Publications; 2009.
FLICK, U. An introduction to Qualitative Research. London: Sage Publications;
MERRIAM, S. B. - Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation
(4th Edition). San Francisco: Wiley & Sons, 2016.
HOLLIDAY, A. Doing and Writing Qualitative Research. UK: Sage Publications;
Theoretical and practical sessions, with theoretical reflection and group discussions, problem solving, critical analysis of scientific papers, presentation and discussion of work done by students and tutorials.
The assessment is done by developing a research protocol using a qualitative approach.
Qualitative methods: definition, basic conceptual principles and application contexts
Distinction between quantitative and qualitative methods in health: advantages and disadvantages of choosing / applying different approaches;
Complementarity between qualitative and quantitative approach in epidemiological studies
Theoretical orientations in qualitative research: different types of studies
Ethics and qualitative research
Application of qualitative methods in health research
Drawing a qualitative study: phases of a research protocol
Different techniques of data collection: semi-structured interviews, observation, focus groups, document analysis, case study
Presentation and discussion of results
Writing a qualitative research
Criteria for evaluating the quality of qualitative research
Possibilities and limits of qualitative methodologies
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