Ready for a paradigm shift? Part 1: Introducing the philosophy of qualitative research

Nicola Petty, Oliver P. Thomson, Graham Stew

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Abstract

The manual therapy professions have almost exclusively focused on the use of quantitative research to help inform their practices. This paper argues that a greater use of qualitative research will help develop a more robust and comprehensive knowledge base in manual therapy. The types of knowledge used in practice and generated from the two research paradigms are explored. It is hoped that an understanding of the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research may encourage more manualtherapists to value and use this approach to help further inform their practice; for some, this may involve a paradigm shift in thinking.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-274
Number of pages8
JournalManual Therapy
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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