Qualitative Research SIG

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Jan Hanson, Colorado - outgoing SIG co-chair
Eve Colson, Yale
Terry Kind, Children’s National / GW
Linda Tewksbury, NYU, incoming SIG co-chair

SIG purpose/mission: 
The purpose of the qualitative research SIG is to bring people from all levels of experience and from different disciplines together learn how to make effective use of qualitative research methods.

Current SIG goals:

  1. To build skills in qualitative research methods among SIG members
  2. To bring together researchers and educators from different disciplines to learn about and build expertise in qualitative research methods.
  3. To build a cadre of qualitative researchers who can serve as a resource to the Academic Pediatrics Association and as mentors to APA members.

Annual summary:
We wholeheartedly thank Jan Hanson for her many years of service to the SIG as she has been instrumental in our mission and meeting the above goals, and we are pleased to welcome Linda Tewksbury as new co-chair. 

At the annual PAS meeting in Baltimore in May 2016 we held a productive SIG starting with a brief business meeting, in depth introductions and sharing of qualitative research interests, then 2 participants shared their qualitative projects (presented as posters at PAS) for further discussion of methodology questions and help with next steps. We then held small group consultation on participants’ individual projects.

The SIG was interested in periodic (quarterly) conference calls for skill building and discussion of projects and progress.

Other groups that work in your area of interest: (i.e. for med student education, this might include COMSEP, etc.)  This methodology spans many groups, is certainly applicable to COMSEP, APPD, and others.  We plan to join the Medical Student Interest Group next year (at PAS 2017) for a joint QR/Medical Student Education SIG meeting.

April 2015 Newsletter Article

We are pleased to hold our annual Qualitative Research SIG on Saturday, April 25 from 8:30-11:30 AM at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel's Sapphire Ballroom I. Please join us! What we have learned from past years is that people want hands-on experience working on their qualitative research methods. In addition to a short business meeting, the bulk of the session will be time to visit consultation tables. Come learn strategies for running focus groups, conducting in-depth interviews and collecting observational data. We will also have a short segment where we do hands-on coding with a debrief. It can also serve as an opportunity to hear what others are working on and to network and form new collaborations. Any level of experience is welcome, from novice to expert and everything in between. Hope to see you in San Diego!

Eve Colson
Janice Hanson
Terry Kind

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Past Meetings

First Qualitative Research SIG meeting
at the 2012 PAS meeting
Saturday, April 28, 2:45-4:45pm
Boston, Massachusetts

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Eve Colson, MD
32 Acorn Hill Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525
Phone: (203) 785-6935

Terry Kind, MD, MPH
111 Michigan Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: (202) 994-9587

Linda R. Tewksbury, MD
462 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 263-8737



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