Qualitative Research seeks to understand human experiences, perception, social processes and subcultures. These research methods are not reducible to numbers and categories. The data that is collected in qualitative research can be taken from observations in the field, recording and transcripts, dairies, or other documents. The work is inductive, in a sense, a researcher moves from the details of what was said or observed to a slightly more encompassing phrase or concept, back to the data, and from there to a set of categories, themes, or to a theory that portrays important aspects of the subjective experience, social process, or culture.
Brown, Sarah Jo. Evidence-Based Nursing: The Research-Practice Connection. Fourth edition. Burlington, Massachusetts: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2017.
Qualitative research is a compilation of data. In healthcare several methods of collecting data can be used. These include: