Fleming, Anne (2020, January). Using Q methodology to explore Scottish stakeholder perceptions of what makes a care home homelike. SAGE Research Methods Cases: Medicine and Health [online]. London: Sage. (doi: 10.4135/9781529732856) (Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781529732856)

Abstract: The provision of care for older people, no longer able to live in their own homes, is of global interest, due to the aging population. The Scottish National Care Standards state that the care home environment should be homelike which is a complex and dynamic concept. Q methodological studies aim to capture the range of viewpoints that may exist about a given topic; in this case, the perceptions of stakeholders as to what makes a care home homelike. This case study provides an overview of Q methodology and its terminology focusing on the systematic process of Q methodology and the development of the concourse (i.e., what is known about the subject).

Anne Fleming <afm.fleming@btinternet.com> is in the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, UK.