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CALDERON, Carlos. Teaching and learning the science of qualitative research in the health area. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.3, pp.595-602. ISSN 1678-4561.

Qualitative research constitutes a necessary perspective of knowledge within the field of health services. Healthcare always occurs in complex contexts and its enhancement requires research methodologies that address this complexity. Nevertheless, the knowledge and use of qualitative research in health services is still very limited. Among the different factors that affect its development, the teaching and learning of qualitative research proves to be fundamental, even beyond undergraduate education. Healthcare professionals and health services present certain specific aspects that must be considered in the design and development of the teaching and learning of qualitative research. Based on an eight-year online training experience with Primary Healthcare professionals, the main challenges are indentified and discussed.

Keywords : Qualitative research; Teaching; Learning; Health services.

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