Research Essay

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10 questions to help you make sense of qualitative research

How to use this appraisal tool Three broad issues need to be considered when appraising the report of a qualitative research: • • • Are the results of the review valid? What are the results? Will the results help locally?

The 10 questions on the following pages are designed to help you think about these issues systematically. The first two questions are screening questions and can be answered quickly. If the answer to both is “yes”, it is worth proceeding with the remaining questions. There is some degree of overlap between the questions, you are asked to record a “yes”, “no” or “can’t tell” to most of the questions. A number of italicised prompts are given after each
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have they discussed how they decided which method to use)?

Yes

Can’t tell  No

4. Was the recruitment strategy appropriate to the aims of the research?
HINT:Consider • If the researcher has explained how the participants were selected • If they explained why the participants they selected were the most appropriate to provide access to the type of knowledge sought by the study • If there are any discussions around recruitment (e.g. why some people chose not to take part)

Yes

Can’t tell No

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5. Was the data collected in a way that addressed the research issue?
HINT: Consider • If the setting for data collection was justified • If it is clear how data were collected (e.g. focus group, semi-structured interview etc.) • If the researcher has justified the methods chosen • If the researcher has made the methods explicit (e.g. for interview method, is there an indication of how interviews were conducted, or did they use a topic guide)? • If methods were modified during the study. If so, has the researcher explained how and why? • If the form of data is clear (e.g. tape recordings, video material, notes etc) • If the researcher has discussed saturation of data

Yes Can’t tell No

6. Has the relationship between researcher and participants been adequately considered?
HINT: Consider • If the researcher

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