Anthropology in health research: from qualitative methods to multidisciplinarity.

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  • Author(s): Lambert, Helen; McKevitt, Christopher
  • Source:
    BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition). 7/27/2002, Vol. 325 Issue 7357, p210. 4p. 1 Illustration, 3 Diagrams.
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    • Abstract:
      Discusses the potential contribution of anthropology to health research. Suggestion that emphasis on methods in health related qualitative research obscures the value of substantive knowledge and theoretical concepts based in some social sciences; Focus of anthropology on classification and on understanding rationality in social and cultural context; Emphasis on empirical particularity which helps avoid inaccurate generalizations.