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Culture and Meaning in Health Services Research An Applied Approach

ISBN-10: 1598741373
ISBN-13: 9781598741377
Edition: 2009
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Description: Culture and Meaning in Health Services Research is a practical guide to applying interpretive qualitative methods to pressing healthcare delivery problems. A leading medical anthropologist who has spent many years working in applied healthcare  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Culture and Meaning in Health Services Research is a practical guide to applying interpretive qualitative methods to pressing healthcare delivery problems. A leading medical anthropologist who has spent many years working in applied healthcare settings, Sobo combines sophisticated theoretical insights and methodological rigor with authentic, real-world examples and applications. In addition to clearly explaining the nuanced practice of ethnography and guiding the reader through specific methods that can be used in focus groups or interviewing to yield useful findings, Sobo considers the social relationships and power dynamics that influence field entry, data ownership, research deliverables, and authorship decisions. Crafted to communicate the importance of culture and meaning across the many disciplines engaged in health services research, this book is ideal for courses in such fields as public health and health administration, nursing, anthropology, health psychology, and sociology.

Foreword
Preface
The Value of Meaning
The Journey Ahead: Aims and Means
Why Focus on Stories?
The Lay of the Land
Medical Anthropology: An Agenda
Anthropology in and of Health Services
Health Services: An Insider's Guide
The Culture Concept, Cultural Competence, and the Dangers of "Anthro Lite"
Methodological Theory and Practice
Doing Science-and Other Systematic Things
Epistemology and Evidence: How Do We Know What We Know?
The Realities of Research: Where and How to Begin
Specific Methods
Refocusing Focus Group Data Collection and Analysis
Making the Most of One-Time Interviews
Collecting Data as Care Happens, Or: The Importance of Being There
Making Rapid Improvements
Power Dynamics: The Politics of Research
Institutional and Other Sociocultural Challenges to Doing Good Work
Framing Our Message: Telling Stories, Making Action
References
Index
About the Author

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