General practitioners learning qualitative research: A case study of postgraduate education

Hepworth, Julie & Kay, Margaret (2015) General practitioners learning qualitative research: A case study of postgraduate education. Australian Family Physician, 44(10), pp. 760-763.

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Qualitative research is increasingly being recognised as a vital aspect of primary healthcare research. Teaching and learning how to conduct qualitative research is especially important for general practitioners and other clinicians in the professional educational setting. This article examines a case study of postgraduate professional education in qualitative research for clinicians, for the purpose of enabling a robust discussion around teaching and learning in medicine and the health sciences.


A series of three workshops was delivered for primary healthcare academics. The workshops were evaluated using a quantitative survey and qualitative free-text responses to enable descriptive analyses.


Participants found qualitative philosophy and theory the most difficult areas to engage with, and learning qualitative coding and analysis was considered the easiest to learn.


Key elements for successful teaching were identified, including the use of adult learning principles, the value of an experienced facilitator and an awareness of the impact of clinical subcultures on learning.

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ID Code: 88918
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: General practitioners, Research, Teaching and learning, Qualitative methods, HERN
ISSN: 0300-8495
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Primary Health Care (111717)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Royal Australian College of General practitioners
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2015 03:09
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2017 22:09

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