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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 257-264

Qualitative research in ophthalmic sciences

Community Ophthalmology Section, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
G V Murthy
Community Ophthalmology Section, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre, AIIMS, New Delhi
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Qualitative research was the preserve of social scientists before making inroads into medical sciences, as the medical fraternity was wedded to evidence-based medicine. Qualitative research methods are now being increasingly used in medicine. The goal of qualitative research is to help in the understanding of social phenomenon in their natural settings. These methods help to unravel mysteries relating to complex human interactions and to study the role of human behaviour in health and disease. Recent evidence points to the complementary roles of qualitative and quantitative methods in medical research. Qualitative methods include observations, interviews, focus groups, projective techniques, analysis of personal documents and accounts, sorting and ranking, and case studies. This communication describes the application of qualitative methods in ophthalmic research

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