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Qualitative methods are ideally suited to ask questions about what people do, and how and why they do what they do. Utilizing participant perspectives, and detailed descriptions of health behaviours as they occur in local and in broader social and cultural contexts, these methods can help identify areas for change, including the development and evaluation of public health programs to meet the unique needs of specific populations. In this presentation, Dr. Gladstone will present and discuss case examples from community-based research in early intervention and prevention of mental health difficulties with ‘at risk’ youth. These examples will highlight opportunities and challenges for qualitative research in public health and touch on innovative developments for both engaging communities and sharing public health knowledge.
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Presenter: Dr. Brenda Gladstone
Brenda Gladstone, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Associate Director, the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, University of Toronto. Brenda teaches graduate-level courses in qualitative methodology in the health sciences. She uses multi-method approaches to bring young people's voices into debates about their mental health and social care needs, engaging families, clinicians, educators and other community-based decision makers in a participatory, integrated knowledge creation and translation process. She is widely consulted on research methods and is a member of the inaugural review committee for the CIHR/SPOR grants focused on ‘Patient’ and Citizen Engagement in research.
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