Qualitative research in physical activity and the health professions / William A. Pitney, Jenny Parker. Pitney, William A., 1965- author.
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, 
xi, 219 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Qualitative research is increasingly more common in the health professions, but most general research texts are limited in their discussion of the guiding principles of qualitative research. As a result, it is difficult for students and practitioners in the fields of athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physical education, fitness, and health to sort out and apply the concepts involved in this method of research. This book explains the underlying principles of qualitative inquiry, showing how to design, conduct and evaluate qualitative research studies. It contrasts the more familiar quantitative designs with qualitative ones, helping to follow the flow of information and make associations about how the two methods complement one another. It also presents examples to accentuate the components of an authentic qualitative research study, including observations, interviews, open-ended questions, and a format for analyzing data.