Realist methods in medical education research: what are they and what can they contribute?

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  • Album: Podcasts from the Journal Medical Education 2012
  • Year: 2012

Education is a complex intervention which produces different outcomes in different circumstances. Education researchers have long recognised the need to supplement experimental studies of efficacy with a broader range of study designs that will help to unpack the ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions and illuminate the many, varied and interdependent mechanisms by which interventions may work (or fail to work) in different contexts.

The third State of the Science special issue, published each January, features a paper by Geoff Wong (Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK), Trisha Greenhalgh, Gill Westhorp and Ray Pawson entitled: ‘Realist methods in medical education research: what are they and what can they contribute?’

Read the paper: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2923.2011.04045.x/abstract