Using Documents in Health Research

Alaszewski, A.M. (2007) Using Documents in Health Research. In: Saks, M. and Allsop, J., eds. Researching Health. Sage, London, pp. 57-73. ISBN 9781412903646. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Documents, especially personal documents such as diaries and letters, provide a relatively neglected resource for health service researchers. They can be used to access data that are difficult to obtain in other ways. For example, such documents can tell us about individuals who died several centuries ago; people from marginalized and stigmatized groups who are often reluctant to participate in research; or activities, such as gay sex, that are otherwise concealed. In this respect, the overall aim of this chapter is to examine the ways in which documents have been and can be used for health research. This includes describing documentary research, identifying the type of resources it requires, and examining the research issues for which it is appropriate. The chapter will also, amongst other things, outline the strengths and weaknesses of documentary research and consider how documentary data can be coded, analyzed and presented.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Paula Loader
Date Deposited: 22 May 2008 15:13
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:09
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2866 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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