Review: Judith Green & Nicki Thorogood (2004). Qualitative Methods for Health Research


  • Christine Holmberg Community Oncology and Prevention Trials Research Group Bethesda



qualitative methods, epistemology, health research, quantitative methods


"Qualitative Methods for Health Research" is a pragmatic introduction to qualitative research in the health sciences. It is written for professional researchers with little knowledge of the social sciences. It serves that audience well. The book provides a comprehensive overview of different epistemologies underlying qualitative methodologies and of a broad range of qualitative methods. It illustrates different approaches with numerous case studies and adds a list of further readings at the end of each chapter. It is an excellent source of information for all those unfamiliar with qualitative research. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs060274


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Author Biography

Christine Holmberg, Community Oncology and Prevention Trials Research Group Bethesda

Christine HOLMBERG holds a Dr. phil. in European Ethnology from the Humboldt-University Berlin and a M.P.H. in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently a fellow at the National Cancer Institute, where she is designing and leading mixed-method studies on the effects of expanding medical technologies on medical practice and on the experience of patients as well as healthy populations. The overarching theme of all of Dr. HOLMBERG's work is the societal and individual consequences of developments in early detection in biomedicine. Questions of the societal and individual cost and benefit for being labeled at risk as well as the influence and determination of scientific concepts of risk on society and on everyday behavior and perception are foundational to her work. Her recent publications include Diagnose Brustkrebs. Eine ethnografische Studie zu Krankheit und Krankheitserleben (Campus-Verlag 2005) and Researching Cancer: Understanding Sameness and Absolute Otherness (2006).




How to Cite

Holmberg, C. (2006). Review: Judith Green & Nicki Thorogood (2004). Qualitative Methods for Health Research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 7(2).