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Research Methods in Palliative Care$
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Julia M Addington-Hall, Eduardo Bruera, Irene J Higginson, and Sheila Payne

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198530251

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530251.001.0001

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(p.211) Chapter 13 Ethnography
Research Methods in Palliative Care

Jane Seymour

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses ethnography, which is a research method that requires the researchers to become involved in the daily lives of a small group of patients. Thanks to a rather small collection of ethnographic studies, medical practitioners gain knowledge about palliative care, especially in relation to the experience of pain and suffering, understandings of death and dying, and the processes and organization of clinical care. As such, the chapter also states how this research method may be used by researchers in palliative care.

Keywords:   ethnography, research method, researchers, patients, ethnographic studies, palliative care

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