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Video Lectures Module 2: Theoretical foundations of qualitative health research

When citing these video-lectures for academic purposes please use the following APA-style format:

Author last name, First initial. (August 15, 2018). Title of video [ video file]. Retrieved from: http://qualitativeresearchontario.openetext.utoronto.ca/.



The Creative Presence of the Researcher and Reflexivity

Presenter: Dr. Joan Eakin, University of Toronto (Emerita)

Suggested Readings

Becker, H. (1998). Concepts. In Tricks of the Trade: How to Think About Your Research While You’re Doing It (pp. 109-145). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Eakin, J., MacEachen, E., & Clarke, J. (2003). “Playing it smart” with return to work: Small workplace experience under Ontario’s policy of self-reliance and early return. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 1(2), 20-41.


Theoretical Congruence and Rigour in Qualitative Health Research

Presenter: Dr. Denise Gastaldo, University of Toronto

Suggested Readings

Eakin, J., Robertson, A., Poland, B., Coburn, D., & Edwards, R. (1996). Towards a critical social science perspective on health promotion research. Health Promotion International, 11(2), 157-165.

Eakin, J. M., & Mykhalovskiy, E. (2003). Reframing the evaluation of qualitative health research: Reflections on a review of appraisal guidelines in the health sciences. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 9(2), 187-194.

Gastaldo, D. (2015). Elements for writing up a qualitative methodology chapter in a doctoral dissertation. Retrieved from www.ccqhr.utoronto.ca/teaching/teaching-resources

Kitto, S., Chesters, J., & Grbich, C. (2008). Quality in qualitative research – Criteria for authors and assessors in the submission and assessment of qualitative research articles for the Medical Journal of Australia. The Medical Journal of Australia, 188(4), 243-246.

Ravenek, M. J., & Laliberte Rudman, D. (2013). Bridging conceptions of quality in moments of qualitative research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 12, 436-456.

Taylor, B., & Francis, K. (2013). Qualitative research in the health sciences: Methodologies, methods and processes. New York, NY: Routledge.

To learn more about the research project mentioned in this video lecture:

Gastaldo, D., Carrasco, C., & Magalhaes, L. (2012).  Entangled in a web of exploitation and solidarity: Latin American undocumented workers in the Greater Toronto Area.  Retrieved from: http://www.migrationhealth.ca/undocumented-workers-ontario/summary-findings.


Ethics in Qualitative Health Research

Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Peter, University of Toronto

Suggested Readings

Hammersley, M. & Traianou, A. (2012). Ethics in Qualitative Research: Controversies and Contexts. London: Sage.

Lee, R.M. & Renzetti, C.M. (1990). The problems of researching sensitive topics: An overview and introduction. American Behavioral Scientist. 33(5), 510-528.

Mohammed, S., Peter, E., Gastaldo, D. & Howell, D. (2016). The “conflicted dying”: The active search for life extension in advanced cancer through biomedical treatment. Qualitative Health Research, 26(4), 555-567.

Peter, E. (2015). The ethics in qualitative health research: Special considerations. Ciência & Saúde Coletiva, 20(9), 2625-2630.


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