Case studies: A research strategy appropriate for palliative care?

Catherine E. Walshe, Ann L. Caress, Carolyn Chew-Graham, Chris J. Todd

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Selecting an appropriate research strategy is key to ensuring that research questions are addressed in a way which has value and is congruent with the overall topic, questions and purpose of the research. This paper will argue that there are situations when a case study strategy is appropriate to use in palliative care research. These include: when complex situations need to be addressed; when context is central to the study; when multiple perspectives need to be recognized; when the design needs to be flexible; when the research needs to be congruent with clinical practice; when there is no strong theory to which to appeal; and when other methodologies could be difficult to conduct. Using case study strategies rigorously and appropriately can contribute to knowledge in a way which is sensitive to the complex, context-dependent and multiprofessional nature of palliative care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677-684
Number of pages8
JournalPalliative Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


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