Qualitative approaches in craniofacial research

Pauline A. Nelson

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    This article proposes the customary use of qualitative methods as complementary research tools to enhance the evidence base in the craniofacial field. The recognition given to qualitative approaches in other healthcare areas and their value in enhancing understanding of lay and professional beliefs and behaviors is contrasted with the paucity of qualitative studies to date in the craniofacial field. Research tools from the qualitative repertoire are briefly introduced and their underpinning principles are explained. The contribution made to research with children and families in wider healthcare areas and in the craniofacial field to date is outlined. Future potential applications of these methods to craniofacial research are discussed. It is suggested that qualitative methods be integrated into craniofacial research as part of the standard toolbox of inquiry, and that interdisciplinary collaborations with colleagues from the social sciences appropriately skilled in the methods should be developed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)245-251
    Number of pages6
    JournalCleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - May 2009


    • Evidence-based care
    • Family-centered care
    • Patient-based outcomes
    • Qualitative methodology


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