Definitions for qualitative research
A set of research techniques in which data is obtained from a relatively small group of respondents and not analyzed with statistical techniques.
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Research that derives data from observation, interviews, or verbal interactions and focuses on the meanings and interpretations of the participants (From Holloway and Wheeler, "Ethical issues in qualitative nursing research," Nursing Ethics, 1995 Sep; 2(3): 223-232).
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