"Qualitative Research" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus,
MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure,
which enables searching at various levels of specificity.
Research that derives data from observation, interviews, or verbal interactions and focuses on the meanings and interpretations of the participants (From Holloway and Wheeler, "Ethical issues in qualitative nursing research," Nursing Ethics, 1995 Sep; 2(3): 223-232).
Below are MeSH descriptors whose meaning is more general than "Qualitative Research".
Below are MeSH descriptors whose meaning is more specific than "Qualitative Research".
This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Qualitative Research" by people in the URMC Research Network by year, and whether "Qualitative Research" was a major or minor topic of these publication.