The Department of Family Medicine has a wealth of expertise in the area of research methods. This methodological expertise facilitates the successful awarding and completion of both descriptive and exploratory studies that support the important practice of family medicine. These methods generally fall into the categories below.
The Department employs three doctorally trained individuals (two statisticians and a data analyst) with expertise in the analysis of quantitative data important to the studies completed in primary care. This includes expertise in analyzing large, complex, longitudinal data sets such as is common in health services research.
The Department employs two lead qualitative researchers who assist investigators in developing research that involves qualitative data collection and analysis. Additionally there are several qualitatively trained professional research assistants that participate in collecting and analyzing qualitative data. Data collection methods utilized include construction and completion of interviews and observations. Analysis involves use of the atlas.ti qualitative software program.
Many studies require an interplay of either multiple qualitative, multiple quantitative or both qualitative and quantitative methods to fully address the research questions. Mixed methods design consider these multiple methods in a manner that accomplishes this.
The Department engages in research that uses these innovative methods as needed: social network analysis, cognitive task analysis, qualitative comparative analysis.