Assuring reliability in qualitative studies: a health informatics persective

Hafeez-Baig, Abdul and Gururajan, Raj 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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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: The authors retain the copyright of the paper published in the PACIS 2016 proceedings.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 05:58
Last Modified: 29 May 2017 01:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: research methods, qualitative approaches, reliability
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29623

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