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

Quantitative and qualitative methods in UK health research: then, now and ... ?
Quantitative and qualitative methods in UK health research: then, now and ... ?
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.
cancer research paradigms, research methods
0961-5423
225-231
McPherson, K
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Leydon, G.M.
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McPherson, K
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Leydon, G.M.
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McPherson, K and Leydon, G.M. (2002) Quantitative and qualitative methods in UK health research: then, now and ... ? European Journal of Cancer Care, 11 (3), 225-231. (doi: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.

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Published date: September 2002
Keywords: cancer research paradigms, research methods

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Local EPrints ID: 161205
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/161205
ISSN: 0961-5423
PURE UUID: accd2210-fe67-48c4-87eb-2269caf8c6f3
ORCID for G.M. Leydon: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5986-3300

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Date deposited: 27 Jul 2010 13:17
Last modified: 09 Jan 2022 03:19

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Author: K McPherson
Author: G.M. Leydon ORCID iD

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