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A guide to qualitative research in plastic surgery.
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PMID:  20463619     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Qualitative research can explore parts of the subjective patient experience that cannot be detailed with quantitative methods such as surveys. Unfortunately, this powerful methodology is underused in plastic surgery, a specialty where subjective outcomes are more important than traditional outcomes indicators. Qualitative research can be used to add depth to patient satisfaction questionnaires or other quantitative measures. Qualitative methodology can also be used to explore complex issues such as why patients choose to undergo cosmetic surgery or to detail patient experiences following reconstructive surgery. The authors explain the basics of qualitative research, including asking the appropriate research question, applying steps to collect data, data analysis, and practical applications of the results.
Melissa J Shauver; Kevin C Chung
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Plastic and reconstructive surgery     Volume:  126     ISSN:  1529-4242     ISO Abbreviation:  Plast. Reconstr. Surg.     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-09     Completed Date:  2010-10-04     Revised Date:  2014-10-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1306050     Medline TA:  Plast Reconstr Surg     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1089-97     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Data Interpretation, Statistical
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Qualitative Research*
Reconstructive Surgical Procedures*
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