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Qualitative Research in Rheumatology: An Overview of Methods and Contributions to Practice and Policy

Kelly, A.; Tymms, K.; Fallon, K.; Sumpton, D.; Tugwell, P.; Tunnicliffe, D.; Tong, A.

Journal of Rheumatology 48(1): 6-15


ISSN/ISBN: 0315-162X
PMID: 32669447
DOI: 10.3899/jrheum.191368
Accession: 078928706

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Patient-centered care is widely advocated in rheumatology. This involves collaboration among patients, caregivers, and health professionals and is particularly important in chronic rheumatic conditions because the disease and treatment can impair patients' health and well-being. Qualitative research can systematically generate insights about people's experiences, beliefs, and attitudes, which patients may not always express in clinical settings. These insights can address complex and challenging areas in rheumatology, such as treatment adherence and transition to adult healthcare services. Despite this, qualitative research comprises 1% of studies published in top-tier rheumatology journals. A better understanding about the effect and role, methods, and rigor of qualitative research is needed. This overview highlights the recent contributions of qualitative research in rheumatology, summarizes the common approaches and methods used, and outlines the key principles to guide appraisal of qualitative studies.

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