Online Course: Introduction to Qualitative Research
Know the differences between quantitative and qualitative research and how to apply it in practice
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It is increasingly recognised that both quantitative and qualitative research methods have value in developing the evidence base for physical therapy practice. This course will focus on the key qualitative methods that have added depth and improved our understanding of phenomena, patterns and challenges that we observe in the clinical and medical fields. The differences between qualitative and quantitative research and the uses of each method and the applications of qualitative research in clinical practice will also be explored.
This course explores the foundations of qualitative research and how it differs from quantitative methods in terms of procedures and clinical applications.
This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activity
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5 - 2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.3 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- discuss qualitative research in terms of the definition, aim and the reasons for its increased popularity
- compare and contrast the key characteristics and uses of qualitative research and quantitative research
- discuss the process and steps to be followed when conducting a qualitative research method
- identify at least 4 requirements of qualitative research
Physiotherapist, United States
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Physiotherapist, United Kingdom
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