Innovative Qualitative Research Methods

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Hundreds of thousands of health research is published daily, including basic clinical studies, randomized controlled trials, and meta-analyses. Even though this research is helpful for determining the effectiveness of clinical interventions, it does not provide any information on why and how interventions are effective in their real-world contexts. For these reasons, this research program will aim to look at qualitative research methods to equip researchers around the world, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, to conduct rigorous and robust qualitative/implementation research.

Planned Projects

  1. Systematic Review of Rapid Reviews on Pandemics: What are the most effective ways to conduct and present rapid reviews during pandemics?
  2. Systematic Review of Arts-based Health Services Research (ABHSR): How have authors of ABHSR studies framed the rationale for using arts-based approaches?
  3. Commentary on rapid qualitative evidence synthesis (rQES): What are our experiences, challenges, and lessons conducting rQES at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health?
  4. Systematic Review of Quality Appraisal Tools for Qualitative Research: What are the characteristics of appraisal tools available for appraising primary qualitative research studies in the context of qualitative evidence syntheses? 


  • Majid U*, Hussain SAS, Wasim A, Farhana N, Saadat P. (2021). A systematic map of evidence syntheses published globally on COVID-19. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.
  • Majid U*, Weeks L. (2020). Rapid Qualitative Evidence Syntheses (rQES) in Health Technology Assessment: Experiences, Challenges and Lessons. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care.
  • Majid U*, Kandasamy S. (2020). The Rationales for and Challenges with Employing Arts-based Health Services Research (ABHSR): A Qualitative Systematic Review of Primary Studies. BMJ Medical Humanities.
  • Majid U*, Kandasamy S, Ramlakhan J. (2020). How to Design an Arts-Based Health Services Research Study: A Participatory Qualitative Study on the Determinants of Telehealth Adoption in Rural Seniors with Depression. SAGE Research Methods Cases.
  • Majid U. (2020). Uncommon Methodologies for Conducting Literature Reviews: Part 2 – A Systematic Review and Concept Analysis of the Terms That Depict Tokenism in Patient Engagement. SAGE Research Methods Cases.
  • Majid U*, Zain S, Shaikh R, Jameel B. (2020). Uncommon Methodologies for Conducting Literature Reviews: Part 1 – A Policy Analysis of How Maternal Health Concepts Have Been Framed in Policy Documents of a Low-Income Country. SAGE Research Methods Cases.
  • Majid U. (2019). Sustaining Learning about Qualitative Inquiry: A Book Review on The Craft of Qualitative Research – A Handbook. The Qualitative Report. 24(9):2328-2331. Retrieved from:
  • Majeed M, Dai M, Park R, Rodrigues E, Noorani R, Majid U*. (2019). Make Research More Accessible: The Research Empowerment & Development (RED) Fellowship Program. URNCST Journal. 1(3): 1-6.
  • Majid U. (2018). Organizing the Three Forms of Qualitative Inquiry: A Book Review of Qualitative Inquiry – Thematic, Narrative and Arts-Based Perspectives. The Qualitative Report, 23(12): 3031-3035. Retrieved from:
  • Zain S, Majid U*. (2018). An Introduction to Knowledge Translation in Healthcare. URNCST Journal. 2(11): 1-5.
  • Majid U. (2018). The Functionality and Usability of Critical Approaches to Life Writing Methods in Qualitative Research: A Book Review. The Qualitative Report, 23(8): 1948-1951.
  • Majid U*, Vanstone M. (2018). Appraising Qualitative Research for Evidence Syntheses: A Compendium of Quality Appraisal Tools. Qualitative Health Research. 28(13): 2115-2131
  • Jameel B, Shaheen S, Majid U*. (2018). Introduction to Qualitative Research for Novice Investigators. URNCST Journal, 2(6): 1-6.
  • Jameel B, Majid U*. (2018). Research Fundamentals: Data Collection, Data Analysis, and Ethics. URNCST Journal, 2:4 (1-8).
  • Majid U. (2018). Research Fundamentals: Study Design, Population, and Sample Size. URNCST Journal, 2:1 (1-7).
  • Majid U. (2017). Research Fundamentals: The Research Question, Objectives and Background. URNCST Journal, 1:2 (1-7).

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