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Rapid Techniques in Qualitative Research: A Critical Review of the Literature

Vindrola, C; Johnson, G; (2020) Rapid Techniques in Qualitative Research: A Critical Review of the Literature. Qualitative Health Research , 30 (10) pp. 1596-1604. 10.1177/1049732320921835. Green open access

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Abstract

Qualitative researchers are under increasing time demands to rapidly collect, analyze, and disseminate the results of their findings. Adaptations to qualitative methods may be required to enable the use of timely and relevant qualitative data across multiple disciplinary settings. The aim of this review is to briefly explore the ways in which data collection and analysis methods have been adapted in qualitative research to deal with short study timeframes. We carried out a two-phased systematic review of the literature and determined there were six primary reasons why rapid techniques were used: (a) reduce time, (b) reduce cost, (c) increase the amount of collected data, (d) improve efficiency, (e) improve accuracy, and (f) obtain a closer approximation to the narrated realities of research participants. In addition, we analyzed the characteristics of the articles, how traditional methods were adapted and evaluated, the benefits and limitations of using rapid techniques, and future recommendations.

Type: Article
Title: Rapid Techniques in Qualitative Research: A Critical Review of the Literature
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1049732320921835
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732320921835
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: adaptation, coping, enduring, qualitative, research design, methodology, qualitative, systematic literature review
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Targeted Intervention
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10103124
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