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Intercultural issues in conducting healthcare qualitative research


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Le, Q 2008 , 'Intercultural issues in conducting healthcare qualitative research' , Qualitative Research Journal, vol. 8, no. 2 , pp. 104-112 .

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Traditionally health care research is often valued on the evidence-based basis, which is dominated
by statistically motivated quantitative research. However, the increasingly popular use of qualitative
methods in general and health research, in particular, has provided a different kind of research
evidence, which reflects real-life issues in social contexts. Though health care qualitative research
has provided health care workers, policymakers and the public valuable insights into various aspects
of population health, there are issues and problems regarding conducting qualitative research in an
intercultural discourse. Sociolinguistic and cultural factors are the main causes of problems facing
researchers and policymakers. Concepts such as confidentiality and security are culturally constructed.
This paper examines some intercultural awareness issues that need to be considered in the conduct
of health care qualitative research and some potential problems in the treatment of health qualitative
data. Attention will be given to the Vietnamese health discourse.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Le, Q
Keywords: Qualitative method, intercultural research, health issues, pragmatics, data collection, cultural interference.
Journal or Publication Title: Qualitative Research Journal
ISSN: 1443-9883
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