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How to read a paper: Papers that go beyond numbers (qualitative research). British Medical Journal, 315, 740-743

Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, University College, London.
BMJ Clinical Research (Impact Factor: 14.09). 10/1997; 315(7110):740-3.
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    • "This abundance of guidelines, however, resulted in the use of numerous terms and grids, which failed to contribute to the clarification of the main consensual criteria to evaluate qualitative research. This leads to a certain lack of recognition of this work in publications and for fundraising purposes, the solicited reviewers declaring that they are ill-informed or do not have the tools to evaluate qualitative research (Green & Britten, 1998; Greenhalgh & Taylor, 1997; Mays & Pope, 2000; Popay, Rogers, & Williams, 1998). "
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    • "Aims The objective of this study was to investigate the knowledge and experience of midwives in relation to the domestic violence during pregnancy, paying particular attention to the perception of their professional role and the acceptance of a screening programme for domestic violence during pregnancy. Methods A qualitative phenomenological-hermeneutic study design (Denzin and Lincoln, 2011) was chosen because it is a suitable means of investigating the ideas and perceptions that shape people's behaviour (Greenhalgh and Taylor, 1997). All of the participants involved in the study were midwives working in the local health district of Monza and Brianza (northern Italy): four were practising in the community, and eleven worked at Monza's San Gerardo tertiary hospital, where about 3000 babies are delivered every year. "
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    ABSTRACT: the aim of this qualitative study was to explore midwives׳ knowledge and clinical experience of domestic violence among pregnant women, with particular emphasis on their perceptions of their professional role. the data collected for this phenomenological-hermeneutical qualitative study were collected using semi-structured interviews, and analysed according to Denzin and Lincoln (2011). fifteen hospital and community midwives working in the local health district of Monza and Brianza in northern Italy were recruited between July and October 2012. three main themes emerged: 'it is difficult to recognise domestic violence' because of a limited knowledge of the most common signs and symptoms of violence, a lack of training, cultural taboos, and the women׳s unwillingness to disclose abuse; 'we have a certain number of means of identifying violence', such as relationships with the woman, specific professional training and screening tools, which have advantages and disadvantages; 'the professionals involved' in identifying and managing family violence highlight the importance of a interdisciplinary approach. midwives acknowledge their crucial role in identifying and managing domestic violence but are still unprepared to do so and indicate various barriers that need to be overcome. There is a need to implement basic university education on the subject and provide specific professional training. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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    • "Cette diffusion n'a pas tardé à gagner le champ de la santé, via les études infirmières, mais aussi la médecine et la santé publique. Cependant, ces nouveaux courants sont confrontés, d'une part, à la difficile définition des méthodes qualitatives, du fait d'une grande hétérogénéité des termes en usage, et, d'autre part, au manque de reconnaissance des travaux dans les publications [11] [12] [13]. Dès lors, on a vu apparaître une large littérature qui s'intéresse à la validité et aux usages possibles de la recherche qualitative dans ces domaines. "
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