Medicine And Books

Qualitative Studies in Health and Medicine

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 22 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1079
  1. Nicholas Mays

    Ed Michael Bloor, Patricia Taraborrelli Avebury, pounds sterling32.50, pp 130 ISBN 1 85628 579 0

    Despite their strength in mainstream medical sociology, qualitative studies have always struggled to find favour in health services research and health care evaluation. Bloor and Tarabor-relli's short collection of papers fits into this tradition in that its presumed readership seems to be sociologists and other researchers who use qualitative methods. Despite this, several contributions have direct relevance for health professionals.

    The book reflects the variety of qualitative methods and shows the wide range of contemporary qualitative medical sociology, from analysis of patient-practitioner relationships (a staple of medical sociology) to more revealing studies of “backstage” areas of medical practice such as a novel …

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