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Qualitative Research in Psychiatry: A Beginner’s Guide

Pranab Mahapatra, Sanghamitra Pati

Keywords : Mental health, Qualitative research, Quantitative research, Research methods

Citation Information : Mahapatra P, Pati S. Qualitative Research in Psychiatry: A Beginner’s Guide. Ind J Priv Psychiatry 2019; 13 (1):27-30.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10067-0031

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-04-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; The Author(s).


Descriptive methods of record keeping and studies have traditionally been the cornerstone of research into the study of human behavior. Quantitative research has been more prominent in current academic journals. Nevertheless, there has been a resurgence in the interest in qualitative research and the field of psychiatry provides ample opportunities for it. Qualitative research is ideally suited for research into psychological and social domains. Mental disorders are influenced by an interplay of psychological, social and anthropological elements. A qualitative approach to studying metal health conditions can thus have a wide-ranging repercussion, ranging for improving treatment methods, improving care delivery and affecting policy changes.

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