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The case study as a research strategy
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI). Department of Primary Health Care, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden.
1997 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 11, no 1, 3-4 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A research strategy seldom used in the caring sciences is the case study. A case study is an empirical in-depth inquiry about an individual, family, group or organization. It is preferable when 'how' and 'why' questions are asked. The case study is mainly used to explain those causal links in real-life intervention that are too complex for either the survey or experimental strategies. Like other research strategies, its design includes questions or propositions, units of analysis, the logic linking the data to the questions or propositions, and the interpretations of the outcomes. A case study can be reported as a single case or as a compilation of a series of cases. In conclusion a case study is a simple and excellent way for a care professional to present him or herself to the scientific world.

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Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 1997. Vol. 11, no 1, 3-4 p.
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case study, methodology, research design, research strategy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-18815ISI: A1997WU61200002PubMedID: 9275815Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0030969037OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-18815DiVA: diva2:539777
Available from: 2012-07-05 Created: 2012-06-25 Last updated: 2014-05-23Bibliographically approved

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