Sampling for qualitative research

Fam Pract. 1996 Dec;13(6):522-5. doi: 10.1093/fampra/13.6.522.


The probability sampling techniques used for quantitative studies are rarely appropriate when conducting qualitative research. This article considers and explains the differences between the two approaches and describes three broad categories of naturalistic sampling: convenience, judgement and theoretical models. The principles are illustrated with practical examples from the author's own research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Family Practice
  • Health Services Research / methods*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Medicine
  • Sampling Studies*
  • Specialization