Seeking to understand: using generic qualitative research to explore access to medicines and pharmacy services among resettled refugees

Bellamy, Kim, Ostini, Remo, Martini, Nataly and Kairuz, Therese (2016) Seeking to understand: using generic qualitative research to explore access to medicines and pharmacy services among resettled refugees. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 38 3: 1-5. doi:10.1007/s11096-016-0261-1


Author Bellamy, Kim
Ostini, Remo
Martini, Nataly
Kairuz, Therese
Title Seeking to understand: using generic qualitative research to explore access to medicines and pharmacy services among resettled refugees
Journal name International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2210-7711
2210-7703
Publication date 2016-02-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11096-016-0261-1
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 38
Issue 3
Start page 1
End page 5
Total pages 5
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction There are challenges associated with selecting a qualitative research approach. In a field abundant with terminology and theories, it may be difficult for a pharmacist to know where and how to begin a qualitative research journey. The purpose of this paper is to provide insight into generic qualitative research and to describe the journey of data collection of a novice qualitative researcher in the quest to answer her research question: ‘What are the barriers to accessing medicines and pharmacy services for resettled refugees in Queensland, Australia?’ Methodology Generic qualitative research draws on the strengths of one or more qualitative approaches. The aim is to draw out participants’ ideas about things that are ‘outside themselves’; rather than focussing on their inner feelings the research seeks to understand a phenomenon, a process, or the perspectives of participants. Sampling is designed to obtain a broad range of opinions about events and experiences and data collection includes interviews, questionnaires or surveys; thematic analysis is often used to analyse data. When to use Generic qualitative research provides an opportunity to develop research designs that fit researchers’ epistemological stance and discipline, with research choices, including methodology and methods, being informed by the research question. Limitations Generic qualitative research is one of many methodologies that may be used to answer a research question and there is a paucity of literature about how to do it well. There is also debate about its validity as a qualitative methodology.
Keyword Access to medicines
Access to pharmacy services
Methodology
Qualitative research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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