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. 1995 Jul 22;311(6999):251-3.
doi: 10.1136/bmj.311.6999.251.

Qualitative Interviews in Medical Research

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Qualitative Interviews in Medical Research

N Britten. BMJ. .
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Abstract

Much qualitative research is interview based, and this paper provides an outline of qualitative interview techniques and their application in medical settings. It explains the rationale for these techniques and shows how they can be used to research kinds of questions that are different from those dealt with by quantitative methods. Different types of qualitative interviews are described, and the way in which they differ from clinical consultations is emphasised. Practical guidance for conducting such interviews is given.

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