Qualitative research – where to start?! – Here’s some help


“The idea of the qualitative support group was initiated by Dr Kinda Ibrahim who felt that establishing a peer support network for members within CLAHRC Wessex and the wider University could be helpful to facilitate the use and development of qualitative research in health, illness and care.

This group has been massively supported by CLAHRC central team and Professors Cathy Pope and prof Anne Rogers.

The goal of this group is to encourage an intellectually dynamic yet supportive atmosphere for debate and discussion that examines the place of qualitative research in health research, its core concepts and methods.

The group meets every 2-3 months to share experience and research and are looking to possibly organise training workshops to staff, postgraduate and undergraduate candidates who are conducting or interested in conducting qualitative research. The agenda of this group is driven by its members and their interests and needs.

Dr Teresa Corbett suggested starting a “Qualitative journal club” to form the basis of the discussion in our group and has recently put a call out for recommendations for a “MUST READ LIST” for qualitative researchers on Twitter. The response was fantastic with over 50 replies. Many of those who replied on Twitter asked us to share the list with them once it was compiled.

So we have decided to build this dedicated resource to help and advise people”.

We have also started building up a resource that to be shared so that we can look up the best person(s) within our group that could help, advise, and support. If you would like to add your details, please click here

Dr Teresa Corbett

Dr Teresa Corbett – my research areas are Symptom management, health behaviour change, self-management of long-term conditions, survivorship, multi-morbidity and  ageing.

I’ve worked with focus groups and interviews with post-treatment cancer survivors, people managing a long-term condition, healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care (nurses, junior doctors, consultants, GPs…)

I’ve used thematic analysis-inductive and deductive; qualitative synthesis and Person-based approaches to intervention development.

Dr KInda Ibrahim
Dr KInda Ibrahim, is a Senior Research Fellow based in the Faculty of Medicine at University Hospital Southampton

Dr Kinda Ibrahim – I work with Ageing (frailty, sarcopenia, undernutrition, polypharmacy, deprescribing), ADHD (medication taking and discontinuation).

I have organised focus groups, interviewed and observed frail older people in hospital, Healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care (nurses, junior doctors, consultants, GPs…), care home residents and family members, parents of children with mental health conditions, Primary care school teachers.

I have used Grounded theory; thematic analysis, Framework analysis using Normalisation Process Theory (NPT), framework analysis using the behavioural change Wheel and COM-B system along with Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF).

If you would like to know more about the group or interested in joining in please email Dr Kinda Ibrahim K.ibrahim@soton.ac.uk

So here is our MUST READ qualitative list

We have it all down in one document that you can download. We will be updating it so come back to have a look now and again. We hope you enjoy the tips and good reads, and you can always follow us on Twitter to find out what we learn and what we are up to.

Enjoy and please comment and give us feedback

Professor Catherine Pope is Deputy Director NIHR CLAHRC Wessex
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Professor Anne Rogers is Director of NIHR CLAHRC Wessex







Our support group has worked with the wonderful Professors Cathy Pope and Anne Rogers whose expertise has been invaluable.

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