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Helen Brooks
,
Penny Bee
, and
Anne Rogers

A Research Handbook for Patient and Public Involvement Researchers Chapter 7: Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods Helen Brooks, Penny Bee and Anne Rogers Chapter overview The term ‘qualitative research’ encompasses a wide range of different methods. What underpins these is a shared aim of understanding the meaning people attribute to experiences in their lives. It has been defined as an ‘interpretive approach concerned with understanding the meanings which people attach to actions, decisions, beliefs, values within their social world’ (Ritchie and

in A research handbook for patient and public involvement researchers

This handbook is written for patients and members of the public who want to understand more about the approaches, methods and language used by health-services researchers. Patient and public involvement (PPI) in research is now a requirement of most major health-research programmes, and this book is designed to equip these individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary for meaningful participation. Edited by award-winning mental-health researchers, the book has been produced in partnership with mental-health-service users and carers with experience of research involvement. It includes personal reflections from these individuals alongside detailed information on quantitative, qualitative and health-economics research methods, and comprehensively covers all the basics needed for large-scale health research projects: systematic reviews; research design and analysis using both qualitative and quantitative approaches; health economics; research ethics; impact and dissemination. This book was developed during a five-year research programme funded by the UK’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) called Enhancing the Quality of User Involved Care Planning in Mental Health Services (EQUIP). The handbook clearly outlines research practices, and gives an insight into how public and patient representatives can be involved in them and shape decisions. Each chapter ends with a reflective exercise, and there are also some suggested sources of additional reading. People who get involved in health research as experts from experience now have a textbook to support their research involvement journey.

Open Access (free)
Phoebe Shambaugh

After a special curated issue on humanitarian history and communications ( JHA , 3:2) and a themed one on the politics of infectious disease ( JHA , 3:3), it is therefore apt that the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs publishes a general issue of articles that challenge us to think with both new research methods and partnerships, and to reflect on the events which have brought us here. If there is a thread which runs through this issue, perhaps it is most concretely focused on the relationship between humanitarianism – as an ideology, a discourse and a practice

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Gender Norm Change during Displacement?
Michelle Lokot

. Letherby , G. ( 2003 ), Feminist Research in Theory and Practice ( Buckingham : Open University Press ). Liamputtong , P. ( 2007 ), Researching the Vulnerable. A Guide to Sensitive Research Methods ( London : Sage ). Malkki , L. H

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Singing or speaking or both?
Håkan Lundström
and
Jan-Olof Svantesson

the research method tried out here; but the results could suggest changes or additions to existing software. The development of mechanical transcription that communicates intuitively with researchers in both linguistics and musicology is an important task for the future. 43 It is not so much a question of replacing human transcription with mechanical transcription – this may not even be possible – but more a matter of developing the existing technology as far as possible in a direction that minimizes time

in In the borderland between song and speech
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Learning from communities in informal settlements in Durban, South Africa
Maria Christina Georgiadou
and
Claudia Loggia

explores the concept of ‘self-building’ in the context of community-led upgrading in South Africa. Participatory action research methods have been applied to ‘co-produce’ knowledge with residents and community researchers in three case studies in the Durban metropolitan area: Namibia Stop 8 (Phase 1), Piesang River and Havelock. The research seeks to identify critical success factors in managing self-build upgrading projects, discussing the crucial roles of stakeholder management, procurement and project governance. It also explores community-led approaches in informal

in African cities and collaborative futures

This book was developed during a five-year research programme funded by the UK’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). This study aimed to improve service user and carer involvement in care planning in mental health services. The study was called Enhancing the Quality of User Involved Care Planning in Mental Health Services (EQUIP). Its aim is to help other public and patient representatives increase their understanding and skills in research methods. The EQUIP programme used a range of different research methods to achieve its goals, and you will read

in A research handbook for patient and public involvement researchers
Andrew C. Grundy

advertised as widely as possible to ensure that they are accessible to a broad range of people from different backgrounds. Adequate training should be provided to ensure that people can be involved in research in a meaningful way (e.g. research methods and how clinical services are organised and commissioned). 10 BEE (RESEARCH) PRINT.indd 10 11/05/2018 16:14 A Research Handbook for Patient and Public Involvement Researchers Figure 1 Levels of service user involvement Leadership Since the mid-1990s, increasing emphasis has been placed on the importance of PPI. The

in A research handbook for patient and public involvement researchers
Ruut Veenhoven
,
Nivré Claire Wagner
, and
Jan Ott

. Table 23.2 Overview of observed correlations between urban green and happiness: direction and significance. Aspects of urban green Research methods

in Rural quality of life
Helen Brooks
and
Penny Bee

public representatives engage in health services research and work meaningfully with academic and clinical research teams in true partnership. It has been co-written with service users and carers from the NIHR EQUIP research programme and aims to help other public and patient representatives increase their understanding and skills in research methods. Health research is incredibly important. It helps to develop and evaluate new treatments, improve patient safety, and identify the most effective ways to organize, manage, finance, and deliver high quality care. As a

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