Training in Qualitative Research Methods for Professionals working with Persons with Disabilities

Richard Rose, Himangshu Das, Jayanthi Narayan, Johnson Jament, Johnson Jament

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Purpose: The study aimed to investigate the impact of intensive in-service
training in qualitative research methods on the research competencies of a cohort
of rehabilitation professionals.
Method: A series of three-day workshops was held on professional development
in the promotion and utilisation of qualitative research in the field of disability
and rehabilitation. It was organised at five centres across India for professionals
working in that field. Data was collected through a survey of workshop
participants, to ascertain the impact and efficacy of the training provided.
Results: The results suggest that practitioners working in the area of disability
and rehabilitation see considerable value in the application of qualitative research
and are enthusiastic about its potential to improve the lives of those with whom
they work. They believe that such an approach will provide useful data and
increased knowledge in respect of the lives of individuals with disabilities
and those interventions that provide them with greatest benefits. The survey
revealed that the knowledge of qualitative research methods was limited even
among professionals who had studied for research degrees.
Conclusion: There is the need for more intensive training in qualitative methods
in order to enhance the quality of research in disability and rehabilitation in
India, and to assist in improving the lives of individuals with disabilities, their
families, carers and those who work with them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-149
Number of pages19
JournalDisability, CBR and Inclusive Development
Issue number1
Early online date6 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2021


  • professional development, training rehabilitation professionals, inservice training, short-term training, disability rehabilitation training India


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