Ethnographic research in healthcare – patients and service users as participants

Strudwick, Ruth (2020) Ethnographic research in healthcare – patients and service users as participants. Disability and Rehabilitation. ISSN 1464-5165

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Purpose: This discussion paper provides an introduction and overview of Ethnography as a qualitative research methodology and outlines its usefulness in understanding the experiences of patients and service users during their healthcare journey. Ethnographic research provides an insight into the group being studied. In this paper that author suggests that ethnography can provide an insight into the behaviours, thoughts and feelings of a patient group.

Methods: Research methods used in ethnographic research have been outlined and discussed along with some of the possible methodological and ethical issues that might occur when carrying out an ethnographic study with a group of patients.

Results: This paper discusses some of the potential results of an ethnographic study with patients and how ethnographic research can be used to study the experiences of patients.

Conclusion: the author draws together some lessons that can be learnt and some possible applications of ethnographic research in healthcare settings with patients. Implications for rehabilitation are also proposed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethnography, health, observation, qualitative research, patients
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Health Studies
SWORD Depositor: Pub Router
Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2020 09:09
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2021 01:38

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