The Qualitative Research Special Interest Group (SIG) is made up of researchers interested in advancing qualitative research as a means to further inform physical therapy practice. We are a cohesive group, with varied research interests that span clinical practice, wellness, teaching and learning, and administration, intent on capturing the perspectives of the multiple stakeholders physical therapists encounter including patients, caregivers, students, educators and rehab team members. Additionally, the SIG is interested in fostering the growth of mixed method design as a means to enrich chiefly quantitative research. As reported in the Physical Therapy Journal (Phys Ther. 2009;89:91-100), “mixed methods research provides physical therapists with opportunities to broaden their scope and depth of understanding patients’ illness, injury, and rehabilitation.” Thus, we as qualitative researchers in this SIG also welcome the quantitative researchers as partners to more fully answer clinically relevant questions by capitalizing on the added value of mixed methods research.
Our mission is to provide resources and support that would assist the scholarly endeavors of qualitative researchers who are SIG members. Resources include educational programming and relevant events at physical therapy meetings, forums and networking opportunities, as well as consultation with research. Additionally, we aim to increase SIG membership, as well as improve awareness of the value of qualitative research within the greater PT community.
All those who are interested in becoming a member of this SIG should join the Research Section of the APTA and then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to contact any of our leadership with any questions, ideas or concerns.
To join the Qualitative Research SIG, please submit your request using the Contact Us form here. Please be sure to include the name of SIG in your request.