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Health Serv Res. 1999 Dec;34(5 Pt 2):1209-24.

Enhancing the quality of case studies in health services research.

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  • COSMOS Corporation, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To provide guidance on improving the quality of case studies in health services research.

DATA SOURCES:

Secondary data, drawing from previous case study research.

RESEARCH DESIGN:

Guidance is provided to two audiences: potential case study investigators (eight items) and reviewers of case study proposals (four additional items).

PRINCIPAL FINDINGS:

The guidance demonstrates that many operational steps can be undertaken to improve the quality of case studies. These steps have been a hallmark of high-quality case studies in related fields but have not necessarily been practiced in health services research.

CONCLUSIONS:

Given higher-quality case studies, the case study method can become a valuable tool for health services research.

PMID:
10591280
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC1089060
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