Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Rapid qualitative methods systematic review published

18 October 2017

Dr Cecilia Vindrola, also a Research Associate in DAHR, recently published a co-authored systematic review on the use of rapid qualitative methods in complex health emergencies.

Cecilia22  Rapid qualitative methods were seen as beneficial in highlighting context-specific issues that need to be addressed locally, population-level behaviors influencing health service use, and organizational challenges in response planning and implementation. 

The purpose of the rapid studies included the identification of causes of the outbreak, and assessment of infrastructure, control strategies, health needs and health facility use. The main limitations identified by the authors were the low quality of the collected data, small sample sizes, and little time for cross-checking facts with other data sources to reduce bias. Recommendations for carrying out rapid qualitative research in this context included the early designation of community leaders as a point of contact, early and continuous sharing of findings, and development of recommendations with local policy makers and practitioners. A systematic review of the use of rapid qualitative methods in complex health emergencies Authors: Ginger A. Johnson and Cecilia Vindrola Padros Journal: Social Science and Medicine 2017; 189:63-75