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© Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020. Research is a creative process and the topic of research methodology particularly realist methods is complex and varied. This chapter is designed to introduce beginners to the basics of realist research focussing on essential concepts rather than burdening the reader with voluminous detail. As realist research is a complex area, it may require you to read the chapter on a number of occasions to gain familiarity or understanding around the area. To make this easier for the reader, concepts have been illustrated with worked examples or case studies and links provided for further reading. It goes without saying that the best way of learning any new type of research methodology is to practically get involved and immerse yourself undertaking research using the methodology of interest and learning as you go along.

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Pharmacy Practice Research Methods

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115 - 135