Qualitative Perspectives in Translational Research

Toni Tripp-Reimer, Bradley Doebbeling

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The rapid uptake of qualitative approaches in translational research can be best understood in the context of recent innovations in health services research, as well as an overarching concern with improving the quality of health care. Qualitative approaches highlight the human dimension in health care by foregrounding the perceptions, experiences, and behaviors of both consumers and providers of care. As such, these methods are particularly useful for addressing the complex issues related to improving health care quality and implementing system change. This overview traces a brief history of the factors contributing to the recent and rapid growth of qualitative methods in health research in general and translational research in particular; describes the varieties of qualitative approaches employed in this research; and illustrates the utility of these approaches for variable identification, instrument development, description/explanation of patient/provider perceptions and behaviors, individual/organizational change, and theory refinement. .

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S65-S72
JournalWorldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Issue numberSUPPL 1
StatePublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Cochrane Qualitative Methods Group
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Naturalistic inquiry
  • Patient experience
  • Provider behavior
  • Qualitative methods
  • Qualitative synthesis
  • Theory construction
  • Translational research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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