Medical Practice and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Med. Pract. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2596
  • DOI: 10.5897/MPR
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 44

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


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.