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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 118-120

Application of qualitative research methods in heterogeneous domains of public health: An overview

Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Ammapettai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saurabh R Shrivastava
3rd Floor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Ammapettai Village, Thiruporur- Guduvancherry Main Road, Sembakkam Post, Kancheepuram - 603 108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/2349-5006.148814

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Scientific research in the area of medicine and public health has resulted in remarkable achievements and major reforms in the health sector and the overall progress of the health care in the last century. Predominantly research methodologies have been categorized into two major areas namely quantitative and qualitative research. Qualitative research is a special form of social enquiry that focuses on the way people interpret and perceive their experiences. Apart from exploring different facets of research, it also provides complementary information to the results of the quantitative research methods. Altogether, qualitative research methodologies can be applied in variable health settings with an aim to assess the human behavior and thus help policy makers to plan and implement appropriate measures to combat public health concerns.

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