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Qualitative methods are a form of scientific inquiry involving in-depth examination of phenomena through the collection and analysis of textual data or observation and recording of events. Qualitative methods are relevant to the field of medical decision making for a variety of reasons. First, qualitative methods are useful when studying emerging topics. This is well suited for medical decision making where new questions are constantly raised as a consequence of the rapid evolution and interplay of science, medicine, and healthcare. Second, qualitative methods can help explore how people attach meaning to decisions, how decisions unfold, and the context in which decisions are made. Also, medical decision making often is concerned with subjective concepts such as values, perceptions, feelings, and attitudes. Qualitative methods are well equipped ...

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