Qualitative Research Critique: Asthma Self-Management in Puerto Rican Families

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Qualitative Research Critique: Asthma Self-Management in Puerto Rican Families In the research study, "A qualitative exploration of asthma self-management beliefs and practices in Puerto Rican families," Martin et. al. (2010) explored the nature and dynamics of asthma management within Puerto Rican families. The rationale for this specific focus on Puerto Rican families is cited within the study, wherein a 2002 survey determined that Puerto Rican children suffered the most from asthma compared to other ethnic groups in the United States, such as Mexican, white Americans, and African American children (p. 464). This quantitative finding from a relevant literature became the foundation of the authors' study. However, it is worthy to note that the authors opted to develop the study from the qualitative perspective, specifically, using the in-depth interview (IDI) and focus group discussion (FGD) methods. The choice of the qualitative research as the domain of the study and of IDI and FGDs as its methods are considered appropriate, as the authors set out to explore the dimension surrounding the quantitative finding that more Puerto Rican children experience asthma than any other major ethnic groups in the country. One of the reasons for choosing qualitative research is because it will provide not only authentic and valid information, but also insights and ideas into asthma management, as experienced by the children, parents, and the families as a whole. It is through the

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