Exploring the health needs of Bangladeshi women: a case study in using qualitative research methods

Jean Hennings, Jan Williams, Badrun Naher Haque

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This paper discusses the use of qualitative research methods in a study carried out in 1994/95 by an English midwife, in partnership with a Bangladeshi community worker, to explore Bangladeshi women's ex periences of antenatal care in one health district. Practical and ethical issues of access, sampling and informed consent are discussed and the challenges of conducting in-depth interviews and focus groups with this group of women are detailed. The key role of the Bangladeshi community worker as interpreter, gatekeeper and cultural guide is explored. It is suggested that research of this kind, whilst labour intensive, respects cultural diversity and can provide a depth of understanding not obtainable through traditional survey methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-23
Number of pages13
JournalHealth Education Journal
Issue number1
Early online date1 Mar 1996
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


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