Introduction to Qualitative Research

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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Naomi Algeo

Naomi is an Occupational Therapist and Irish Research Council scholar passionate about promoting research and education.

1.5 - 2 hours

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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:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

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.

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