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Qualitative Research Guide

Online and collection-based resources to aid in conducting, finding, using, synthesizing, and teaching qualitative research in the health sciences.

Participant Observation

Participant Observation

Participant observation is a type of research strategy. It is a widely used methodology in many disciplines, particularly, cultural anthropology, but also sociology, communication studies, and social psychology. Its aim is to gain a close and intimate familiarity with a given group of individuals (such as a religious, occupational, or sub cultural group, or a particular community) and their practices through an intensive involvement with people in their natural environment, usually over an extended period of time.