Qualitative Research Core

The qualitative research core within the Department of Pediatrics, at the Emory University School of Medicine utilizes rigorous qualitative methodologies in the field of health services research. We study people’s experiences and perceptions in the context of health and healthcare. Qualitative research which is grounded in theories of phenomenology, grounded theory and discourse analysis. We use a variety of qualitative research methods such as focus groups, interviews, and observations to engage a diverse range of research participants, including patients, caregivers, physicians, policymakers. We provide consultation to support investigators planning to conduct qualitative studies. Assistance is available for design, implementation, and analysis. The qualitative core provides education and research support to fellows and faculty in the conduct of qualitative research.

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To advance rigorous qualitative health services research methods in the study of health conditions that affect children and their families.

  • Assistance with qualitative analysis 
  • Consults on developing focus group protocols
  • Training on the coding and analysis of qualitative data
  • Developing interview protocols for in-depth interviews and semi-structured interviews
  • Consults on qualitative research design
  • Training for focus group moderators and interviewers
  • Assistance with intramural and extramural grant development, including study design and analysis plans
  • Assistance with abstracts and manuscripts, including initial submissions and revisions
  • Consultation with any aspect of qualitative research

The business model of this core provides a pre-set number of subsidized hours for various types of pre-award projects.  Grant submissions geared towards extramural funds are the core’s highest priority and hence, receive the most subsidized support.  Assistance towards seed grant/intramural applications and manuscripts geared towards building researchers’ CV’s are also a relatively high priority and will receive a subsidized support.

Please refer to the Pediatric Biostatistics Core pricing structure for more information.