In this book review, I examine the structure, form, content, and purpose of Qualitative Inquiry: Thematic, Narrative and Arts-Based Perspectives by Lynn Butler-Kisber. This book aims to augment the teaching and learning of investigators engaging in qualitative inquiry. First, I explicate my positionality and reflexivity to contextualize the approach of this book review. Following this discussion, I analyze the book’s structure and content by comparing the alignment between the background, exemplars, and strategies with the intended purpose of the book. I conclude this book review with a summary of its benefits to novice investigators.


Qualitative Research, Thematic Analysis, Narrative Inquiry, Arts-Based Research, Book Review

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I completed my MSc in health research methodology at McMaster University where I investigated the quality appraisal process of qualitative research. Currently at McMaster, I have appointments as a Curriculum Designer, Program Developer, and Instructor, teaching and designing courses on epidemiology, the Canadian health care system, and pathophysiology. I also have diverse experiences, knowledge and expertise in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research, which I use to provide qualitative evidence to agencies investigating technologies to include under the provincial or national funding mandate. I also have a MEd from Queen's University where I examined innovative and effective ways to design and evaluate curricula. Currently, I am a PhD student in Health Services Organization and Management Studies at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at University of Toronto. For my PhD dissertation, I am investigating how to transform tokenism in patient engagement to partnership in hospital planning activities. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: umair.majid@mail.utoronto.ca.

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