New web guide for using qualitative approaches to health systems research

By the end of summer 2011 Curatio International Foundation and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) developed the web resource which serves as a guideline for qualitative approaches in researching the health systems.

Information of the web site is based on the experience of the study “Exploring providers’ and patients’ perspectives on barriers to quality of care for chronic heart failure (CHF) “. The study, in its turn, is a part of a project that explores transferability of qualitative principles (those for group and individual interviews) to low income former Soviet countries by conducting qualitative studies in Uzbekistan and Georgia. In the framework of the project CIF has conducted and analyzed findings of the qualitative research focusing on patients with heart chronic diseases and primary health care providers.

In the framework of the project CIF has conducted and analyzed findings of the qualitative research focusing on patients with heart chronic diseases and primary health care providers.

The project aims to develop understanding of how qualitative methodologies can be developed for use in low/middle income countries, and how they can be developed for use in comparative health systems research. The proposed study therefore includes two countries in a comparative case study design. Each case study will use qualitative methods (individual interviews and group discussions) to explore a topic in quality of care that is of interest to both health care systems. The interviews will be used to explore physician and patient perspectives on barriers for quality care in the treatment of chronic heart failure in primary care settings.

Web-based learning modules on qualitative methods of data collection for health services research in central Asia and the former Soviet Union have been developed as a part of the project. The learning outcomes for the module are designed around the specific elements of this study. The module is planned to be incorporated into teaching at the School of Public Health in Uzbekistan, LSHTM and is openly accessible on the web to interested parties.

The project is funded by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR).

 

Follow the link to view the web site.

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