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Critical Realism for Health and Illness Research: A Practical Introduction

Priscilla Alderson


Critical realism, a toolkit of practical ideas, helps researchers to extend, clarify and validate their work. Critical realism resolves problems and contradictions between quantitative factual research and qualitative interpretive approaches. It draws on their strengths, overcomes their limitations, and helps to connect research to policy and practice. To meet growing demand from researchers and students, the book shows how versatile critical realism can be in research across the life course and around the world, from small studies to large trials. Healthcare, health promotion and heath inequa ... More

Keywords: Health policies, Health promotion, Health inequalities, Research theories, Research methods, Critical realism, Achieving change, Ethics, Values, Agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781447354550
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447354550.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Priscilla Alderson, author
University College London