Database searches for qualitative research.

TitleDatabase searches for qualitative research.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsEvans D
JournalJournal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA
Volume90
Issue3
Pagination290-3
Date Published2002 Jul
ISSN1536-5050
KeywordsAbstracting and Indexing as Topic; Databases, Bibliographic; Evidence-Based Medicine; Humans; Information Storage and Retrieval; Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic; Research; United States
AbstractInterest in the role of qualitative research in evidence-based health care is growing. However, the methods currently used to identify quantitative research do not translate easily to qualitative research. This paper highlights some of the difficulties during searches of electronic databases for qualitative research. These difficulties relate to the descriptive nature of the titles used in some qualitative studies, the variable information provided in abstracts, and the differences in the indexing of these studies across databases.
Alternate JournalJ Med Libr Assoc