Qualitative Research in Palliative Care: Applications to Clinical Trials Work

Christopher T. Lim, Avia Tadmor, Daisuke Fujisawa, James J. MacDonald, Emily R. Gallagher, Justin Eusebio, Vicki A. Jackson, Jennifer S. Temel, Joseph A. Greer, Teresa Hagan, Elyse R. Park

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Background: While vast opportunities for using qualitative methods exist within palliative care research, few studies provide practical advice for researchers and clinicians as a roadmap to identify and utilize such opportunities. Objective: To provide palliative care clinicians and researchers descriptions of qualitative methodology applied to innovative research questions relative to palliative care research and define basic concepts in qualitative research. Body: We describe three qualitative projects as exemplars to describe major concepts in qualitative analysis of early palliative care: (1) a descriptive analysis of clinician documentation in the electronic health record, (2) a thematic content analysis of palliative care clinician focus groups, and (3) a framework analysis of audio-recorded encounters between patients and clinicians as part of a clinical trial. Conclusions: This study provides a foundation for undertaking qualitative research within palliative care and serves as a framework for use by other palliative care researchers interested in qualitative methodologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)857-861
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug


  • clinical trials work
  • palliative care
  • qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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