Insider Insights - Learning to Think Qualitatively: Experiences of Graduate Students Conducting Qualitative Health Research

  • Matthew Hunt
  • Anita Mehta
  • Lisa Chan


In this paper the authors discuss their experiences as graduate students using qualitative approaches to conduct health research. They explore how their engagement with qualitative research has related to feelings of humility, the desire to honor research participants’ stories, challenges of pacing and other practical considerations, experiences of isolation and uncertainty, struggles with method and methodology, and moments of elation and discovery. They offer practical suggestions for students who are beginning similar academic endeavors. Supervisors might also find this paper of interest as they mentor and guide graduate students who are using qualitative methods.
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