There are only a handful of articles, books, tools, and resources that are truly accessible to the novice qualitative investigator. The literature contains reams of resources that aid researchers to launch the qualitative learning process. However, there are few opportunities to develop the depth, prowess, and creativity needed to sustain lifelong learning. The Craft of Qualitative Research: A Handbook by Kleinknecht, van den Scott, and Sanders is one resource that assists researchers to achieve this objective. Conceptualized as a “handbook,” this book is meant to be used throughout research projects and professional careers. The practice of qualitative inquiry serves as the focal point for all discussions, and this book creates space and opportunities for learners to acquire experiential knowledge through the vicarious experiences of authors. The vividness with which the cases are presented renders a strong motivation in readers to improve how they conduct qualitative inquiry. Although two minor suggestions would have made this book more useful in the field, this book offers important insight into uncommon or unheard methodological topics that investigators may face.


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Umair Majid completed his Master of Science in health research methodology at McMaster University where he investigated the quality appraisal process of qualitative research. Currently at McMaster, he has appointments as a Curriculum Designer, Program Developer, and Instructor, teaching and designing courses on epidemiology, the Canadian health care system, and pathophysiology. He also has diverse experiences, knowledge and expertise in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research, which he uses to provide qualitative evidence to agencies investigating technologies to include under the provincial or national funding mandate. He also has a Master of Education from Queen's University where he examined innovative and effective ways to design and evaluate curricula. Currently, he is a PhD student in Health Services Organization and Management at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. For his PhD dissertation, he is investigating how to strengthen the organizational capacity of hospitals to involve patients and family in planning and quality improvement activities. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: umair.majid@mail.utoronto.ca.

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