Assuring reliability in qualitative studies: a health informatics persective

Hafeez-Baig, Abdul and Gururajan, Raj ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5919-0174 and Chakraborty, Subrata (2016) Assuring reliability in qualitative studies: a health informatics persective. In: 20th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2016), 27 June - 1 July 2016, Chiayi, Taiwan.

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Abstract

Assuring the validity and reliability of data is an essential component of data collection. While
quantitative studies use certain statistical techniques such as ‘Cronbach Alpha’ values for a reliability index, in qualitative studies these type of measures are not widely available, and appear to be predominantly subjective. So, many studies, if at all probe this aspect, highlight what is
normally termed as ‘saturation’ and use this as a measure of reliability. While this serves the purpose to some extent, whether researchers can use this as a concrete evidence is questionable. We propose a new approach to assure reliability in qualitative studies, and provide a case study to demonstrate our approach and its benefits. We hope that this serves as a model to many PhD students and other Early Career Researchers who pursue their studies using qualitative approaches.


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Additional Information: The authors retain the copyright of the paper published in the PACIS 2016 proceedings.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 05:58
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2021 05:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: research methods, qualitative approaches, reliability
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150307 Innovation and Technology Management
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4299 Other health sciences > 429999 Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3599 Other commerce, management, tourism and services > 359999 Other commerce, management, tourism and services not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29623

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