Chapter Summary

Chapter objectives:

  • To introduce readers to the method of Participant Observation (PO)
  • To examine its application in the health care field with reference to classic and contemporary research studies
  • To outline the rationale for selecting PO rather than other methods, and its strengths and challenges
  • To describe the ethical issues raised by PO
  • To explain how PO researchers analyze data
  • To discuss how PO is evolving and developing