EDEV_507 Week 5_2

Thanks for posting another medical related article. Through you, my knowledge about health is improving no end! I thought, though, that you taught accountancy. Isn’t your thesis going to be on some aspect of that? Just an observation, if I may, but it could be a worthwhile idea to use the module time to develop one’s thesis speciality as much as possible. I’m going to focus on epistemic cognition, a fact that explains the choice of articles I present here.

I have to ask my question to you directly. You state that the study by Gershwin and colleagues (2005) is a qualitative one. This judgement was arrived at because of their use of telephone interviews and interviews is a common method in qualitative studies (Cohen, Manion, & Morrison, 2011). However, the type of questions used by Gershwin and colleagues and their purpose do not match any of the example ones of qualitative questions given by Silverman (2010). Silverman describes a contrast between the positivistic nature of survey instruments and the “emotionalist model” (p. 190) that underpins the qualitative interview. Gershwin and colleagues’ variables were known beforehand, their analysis was rigorously statistical and their instrumentation did not attempt to uncover any “point of view” or try to “get inside the heads” of respondents (Silverman, 2010, p. 191). Is it possible that Gershwin and colleagues’ (2005) study is actually a quantitative one?


Cohen, L., Manion, L., & Morrison, K. (2011). Research Methods in Education (7th ed.). London: Routledge.

Gershwin, M. E., Selmi, C., Worman, H. J., Gold, E. B., Watnik, M., Utts, J., & Vierling, J. M. (2005). Risk factors and comorbidities in primary biliary cirrhosis: A controlled interview‐based study of 1032 patients. Hepatology, 42(5), 1194-1202.

Silverman, D. (2010). Doing qualitative research (3rd ed.). London, UK: Sage.

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