Watts, Simon (2015). Develop a Q methodological study. Education for Primary Care,26(6), 435-437. (doi: 10.1080/14739879.2015.1101855) (Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/14739879.2015.1101855)

Abstract: This paper provides a brief introduction to Q methodology, a research technique which allows researchers to reveal the key subjective or ‘first-person’ viewpoints extant amongst a group of participants. Design and participant issues are considered and coverage is provided about the processes of Q sorting, the factor analysis of the completed Q sorts and the interpretation of any emergent factors. Useful references and websites are also provided as a means of helping the interested reader to get started with Q methodology.

Simon Watts <simon.d.watts@uea.ac.uk> is PGR Training Coordinator and Deputy Head of the Graduate School in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.