Moving Beyond Numbers: How Qualitative Data Can Complement Your Quantitative Study

Moving Beyond Numbers: How Qualitative Data Can Complement Your Quantitative Study

Epidemiology students are rarely trained in or exposed to qualitative methods. This lack of familiarity may contribute epidemiologists’ wariness of qualitative research. Yet, qualitative methods can, for example, help to unpack the ‘black box’ of multifaceted interventions and shed light on why interventions may succeed in trial settings and fall short in the real world. In this symposium, we will provide an introduction to and overview of qualitative research methods and common mixed methods designs. A diverse panel of epidemiologists will discuss how they have successfully incorporated qualitative methods in the design and conduct of their own epidemiologic studies. This symposium session is intended both for skeptics of qualitative techniques and those actively seeking to incorporate mixed methods into their own research.

Session Chair:
Jessica Chubak
, Group Health Research Institute
Kathleen Wirth, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Presenters:
Clarissa Hsu, Group Health Research Institute
Karen Wernli
, Group Health Research Institute
Sandra Echeverria, CUNY School of Public Health
Kathleen Wirth, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health