P a g e | 15 How do I know if it is a good study? Deciding what is good and what is not good can feel like trying to pin down jelly. http://bmcmedresmethodol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2288-13-46 There are many frameworks and checklists for helping with this. The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) qualitative checklist is useful and often used (http://www.casp- uk.net/casp-tools-checklists). However, judging quality is not straightforward so the reader should be prepared to make a judgement call. Fundamentally, do you think that the researcher has challenged their findings, are their ideas clear and have they made you think? A FEW EXAMPLES of qualitative research. The QES included in this report provide lists of many qualitative studies that form their review. We also asked various authors from the QES to identify some primary studies that they thought were „good‟ and that encapsulated patient‟s experiences: Chronic pain: [199-201] and Fibromyalgia:  Osteoarthritis [203-205] Rheumatoid arthritis Pelvic pain ACTIVITY 8: finding and learning from primary qualitative research Go to page 24 to find an activity sheet
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