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Erica Bell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199549337

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549337.001.0001

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Case-based approaches for health policy 1

Case-based approaches for health policy 1

(p.103) Chapter 5 Case-based approaches for health policy1
Research for Health Policy

Erica Bell

Oxford University Press

In health and other disciplines there has been some questioning of the quali-quantitative polemic characterizing so much research practice in the last few decades. This chapter aims to suggest that the choices available to researchers for health policy are no longer about big quantitative studies of aggregated datasets versus small-N qualitative ‘narrative’ studies that rely on ‘discourse and persuasion’. It explores how Charles Ragin's writings can be used to better understand context in a hypothetical small-N community health prevention study.

Keywords:   quali-quantitative analysis, health policy, health research, Charles Ragin

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