Qualitative designs examine the subjective experience of a phenomenon or process holistically and thoroughly when little is known about the topic (Polit & Beck, 2004). Different philosophical perspectives have specific methodologies that are employed depending on the research question and investigator preference.
Common Qualitative Research Designs
Table previously published in: Whittemore, R. & Melkus, G. (2008). Designing a research study. The Diabetes Educator, 34, 201-216.