How to read qualitative research

Course details


  • Critically appraise qualitative research
  • Define the different types of qualitative research design
  • Define internal and external validity, generalisability and applicability in the context of qualitative research
  • Explain the key areas for potential bias in qualitative research methods and the ways in which these can be minimised

Attend if:

  • you need to be able to judge the quality of published health care research in order to make decisions about patient care or service development
  • you are carrying out a literature review or systematic review
  • you are presenting at a journal club

Previous experience required: the session works equally well as a refresher or introductory session on critical appraisal of qualitative research

Duration: 1 1/2 hours

Format: presentation with small group work, including discussion of a published article that will be distributed prior to the session.

Booking a place: Use the form below or log into KnowledgeShare (using an NHS OpenAthens username and password) to book onto a session.

Sessions are taught both on-site and online. Dates which are taught online only (using tools such as Microsoft Teams) are listed separately. You will be contacted with more details when you book onto a specific session. Contact if you have any queries.

Further help: resource list

Important information: bookings for this course must be made by 5pm on the day before the session. Any bookings made after that time cannot be guaranteed by the LKS team.

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