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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

School of Chinese Medicine

Title

Feasibility analysis of the value of Q method in the classification and understanding of expert experience

Language

English

Abstract

The Q method, combining qualitative and quantitative methods, refers to the qualitative analysis of Q-sorts based on quantitative techniques. It is used to research individual subjective experience, analyzing consensus and divergence to identify and categorize subjects' viewpoints. The sorting process is completely performed by the subjects, independent of study researchers. The Q method in medical research has been applied in many fields, including nursing care, clinical studies, doctor and patient's perceptions, health evaluation and decision making. The authors used the Q method to research Chinese medicine (CM) group decision making, exploring its practical feasibility in this important field. Four primary domains are addressed: (1) integration of expert opinion; (2) expert classification; (3) ascertaining the entire viewpoint orientation of a certain type of expert; and (4) comparison of expert opinion using an additional perspective. The essence of the Q method caters to the CM thinking model and should be introduced into CM and explored more deeply. © 2012 Chinese Association of the Integration of Traditional and Western Medicine and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Keywords

expert experience, famous veteran doctors of Chinese medicine, Q method

Publication Date

2013

Source Publication Title

Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

Volume

19

Issue

11

Start Page

869

End Page

873

Publisher

Springer Verlag

ISSN (print)

16720415

ISSN (electronic)

19930402

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