Introduction to Qualitative Research Methodology


This manual is based on a course entitled ‘Qualitative Research Methods for Non-Social Scientists’ which was developed by the authors, and run in Entebbe, Uganda, in March 2010. All three authors are trained anthropologists who have been working in health and development for many years. They have conducted research, taught, and built capacity for qualitative and applied anthropological research in different types of health settings in a variety of countries.

The manual is aimed primarily at non-social scientists working in low- and middle-income settings. It provides an accessible, interesting, and clear guide to using qualitative research methods in applied health settings. The manual is organised around three main goals:

  • To introduce qualitative thinking in research;
  • To assist in planning, choosing, and using qualitative research methods in health-related studies and;
  • To enable the management of qualitative data with a view to preliminary analysis.


Kielmann, K.; Cataldo, F.; Seeley, J. Introduction to Qualitative Research Methodology. (2011) 84 pp.

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methodology

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