Assessing the Quality of Qualitative Health Research: Criteria, Process and Writing


  • Carlos Calderón Gómez Centro de Salud de Alza



qualitative health research, quality assessment, quality criteria, critical appraisal


The debate surrounding the assessment of quality in qualitative research becomes particularly relevant in the field of Qualitative Health Research (QHR). The characteristics of both its theoretical implications and the practical use of its results support the need for defining shared coordinates for quality assessment that respond to both the methodological requirements and the substantive components of QHR. From this I considered identifying three dimensions: criteria, process and writing. These have frequently been intermingled in previously published QHR quality assessment proposals. Aiming at integrating the development of new and necessary contributions, my explanation of these dimensions and the relationships among them is based on a wide-ranging review of published literature. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0902178


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Author Biography

Carlos Calderón Gómez, Centro de Salud de Alza

Carlos CALDERÓN GÓMEZ, PhD, MD (Family and Community Medicine Specialist), MA Sociology, MPH. Presently, Carlos CALDERÓN works as a Family Doctor and Trainer of Family and Community Medicine Residents in the Basque Health Service-Osakidetza's Health Centre in Alza (San Sebastian). He has participated in teaching Family Medicine since its beginnings in the Basque Country, and has worked as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Services Research of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Since the early 1990's he has been involved in promoting, teaching, and developing Qualitative Health Research (QHR), with particular emphasis on the field of Primary Health-Care. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journals Qualitative Health Research and Atención Primaria, the author of several publications and lecturer in numerous courses and workshops in the field of quality assessment in QHR. He has coordinated the REDICS (Qualitative Health Research Network) project of the Nursing Research Coordination and Development Unit (Investén) at the Carlos III Health Institute since its inception.



How to Cite

Calderón Gómez, C. (2009). Assessing the Quality of Qualitative Health Research: Criteria, Process and Writing. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 10(2).



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