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Article Number - 300BC8252626


Vol.6(3), pp. 24-30 , April 2015
DOI: 10.5897/MPR.2014.0112
ISSN: 2141-2596



Full Length Research Paper

The challenges of qualitative research: Can it be used to strengthen decision making for health care in Uganda?



Hizaamu Ramadhan
  • Hizaamu Ramadhan
  • Department of Management Sciences, Uganda Management Institute, P. O. Box 20131, Kampala, Uganda.
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 Received: 05 March 2014  Accepted: 27 April 2015  Published: 30 April 2015

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The growing need to integrate qualitative research findings in health care is a result of its ability to provide more credence to empirical data from the Uganda Health Management Information System (HMIS) in Uganda. This paper based on literature review identifies some of the main challenges encountered in use of qualitative research findings to inform the policy decision making process. While opportunities abound to generate qualitative information for policy development, the weak research agenda which is largely defined by donors and the dominance of positivists in senior management positions in the Uganda health sector play an important role in locating qualitative research in the development agenda. The paper concludes by stressing the need to support qualitative research as the basis for integrating social development constructs beyond what empirical information derived from the routine HMIS.

 

Key words: Qualitative research, decision making, health care.

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APA Ramadhan, H. (2015). The challenges of qualitative research: Can it be used to strengthen decision making for health care in Uganda?. Medical Practice and Reviews, 6(3), 24-30.
Chicago Hizaamu Ramadhan. "The challenges of qualitative research: Can it be used to strengthen decision making for health care in Uganda?." Medical Practice and Reviews 6, no. 3 (2015): 24-30.
MLA Hizaamu Ramadhan. "The challenges of qualitative research: Can it be used to strengthen decision making for health care in Uganda?." Medical Practice and Reviews 6.3 (2015): 24-30.
   
DOI 10.5897/MPR.2014.0112
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/MPR/article-abstract/300BC8252626

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