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All research attempts to address answerable questions and create new knowledge that is generalisable to wider populations. In some instances, numerical data cannot help to answer the research question and a different approach is required. Qualitative methods respond to this need by generating and analysing data based largely on words rather than numbers. The fourth in a series looking at evidence-based medicine, this article explores qualitative research methods and uses an article on self-monitoring of blood glucose as an example.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Diabetes and Primary Care

Publication Date

01/12/2011

Volume

13

Pages

219 - 224