Many published textbooks and articles dealt with qualitative research and its methodologies; still, it is difficult for a clinician without proper qualitative research background to be engaged with these texts. They represent a different research paradigm. The essence of qualitative research is to understand a phenomenon in a natural environment appose to experimental setting in quantitative research, in which all the aspects (variables/ parameters) are examined under experimental conditions. Qualitative research studies the patient’s experience within the patient’s natural life setting. Understanding and interpreting human experience is the essence of similarity between art and qualitative research. On this basis, this article tries to introduce qualitative research paradigm and some of its widely used methodologies using well known master pieces of fine art.
Prof. Dr. Bilal BİLGİN