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Crossing OverNarratives of Palliative Care$
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David Barnard, Anna M. Towers, Patricia Boston, and Yanna Lambrinidou

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195123432

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123432.001.0001

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Research Methods

Research Methods

Chapter:
(p.397) 22 Research Methods
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Crossing Over
Author(s):

David Barnard (Contributor Webpage)

Patricia Boston R.N.

Anna Towers

Yanna Lambrinidou

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123432.003.0022

This chapter aims to outline the premises of the qualitative research, to show the relevance of qualitative methods to palliative care and to explain the specific methods used in this book. It seeks to provide a better understanding of the ethnographic and narrative inquiry that was used in dealing with the experiences of the patients, families, and care givers in the palliative care. In the chapter, the rationale behind this study, the ethnographic methods and techniques used to gather and analyze data, the role played by the participant-observer, and ethical issues related to palliative research in palliative care are discussed and examined.

Keywords:   qualitative research, relevance, qualitative methods, ethnographic inquiry, narrative inquiry, ethnographic methods, techniques, data, ethical issues

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