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Reviewing Qualitative Research in Surgical Education Literature

(Posted September 2021)

Reviewing qualitative education research requires a specific approach to understanding and interpreting data. This approach includes having a broader understanding of proof than required when reviewing quantitative studies. Surgeons can develop skills to evaluate and review qualitative education literature. This article is intended for surgical residents, clinician-educators, education-scientists, and surgeons who want to develop skills for qualitive education literature review. Specific learning objectives include:

  • Distinguishing fundamental differences between quantitative and qualitative education literature
  • Evaluating key aspects of qualitative research including the research question, study design and methodology, data sources, collection and analysis, and discussion and application of results
  • Analyzing quality criteria in qualitative education manuscripts submitted for publication

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