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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Developing the DESCARTE Model: The Design of Case Study Research in Health Care
Authors: Carolan, Clare
Forbat, Liz
Smith, Annetta
Contact Email: clare.carolan@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: case studies
health care
mixed-methods
research design
methodology
qualitative
Issue Date: Apr-2016
Publisher: SAGE
Citation: Carolan C, Forbat L & Smith A (2016) Developing the DESCARTE Model: The Design of Case Study Research in Health Care, Qualitative Health Research, 26 (5), pp. 626-639.
Abstract: Case study is a long-established research tradition which predates the recent surge in mixed-methods research. Although a myriad of nuanced definitions of case study exist, seminal case study authors agree that the use of multiple data sources typify this research approach. The expansive case study literature demonstrates a lack of clarity and guidance in designing and reporting this approach to research. Informed by two reviews of the current health care literature, we posit that methodological description in case studies principally focuses on description of case study typology, which impedes the construction of methodologically clear and rigorous case studies. We draw from the case study and mixed-methods literature to develop the DESCARTE model as an innovative approach to the design, conduct, and reporting of case studies in health care. We examine how case study fits within the overall enterprise of qualitatively driven mixed-methods research, and the potential strengths of the model are considered.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/22209
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732315602488
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Affiliation: Cancer Care Research Centre
Australian Catholic University
Health Sciences Western Isles

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