How to … use qualitative research to change practice

Anu Kajamaa, Anne de la Croix, Karen Mattick

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The 'How to …' series focuses on how to do qualitative research. But how can qualitative research enhance patient care? This paper aims to support health care practitioners, educators and researchers who are interested in bridging the gap between research and practice (both clinical and educational), to guide improvements that can ultimately benefit patients. We present action research and The Change Laboratory method as two approaches that typically involve qualitative research and have potential to change practice, blending scientific inquiry with social action. These approaches establish close research-practice partnerships and help answer tricky 'why' and 'how' questions that may unlock deep insights to enhance learning and patient care. … how can qualitative research enhance patient care?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-441
Number of pages5
JournalThe clinical teacher
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

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© 2019 The Authors. The Clinical Teacher published by Association for the Study of Medical Education and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


We thank Esther Helmich, Aileen Barrett, Deirdre Bennett, Jenny Johnston and Terese Stenfors for providing feedback on the draft manuscript. They, together with the authors, form a research network named the European Centre of Excellence in Qualitative Study and Inquiry in Training and Education (EXQUISITE), led by Esther Helmich at the University of Groningen.

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Rijksuniversiteit Groningen


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