Guidelines for conducting rigorous health care psychosocial cross-cultural/language qualitative research

Pablo Arriaza, Frances Nedjat-Haiem, Hee Yun Lee, Shadi S. Martin

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The purpose of this article is to synthesize and chronicle the authors' experiences as four bilingual and bicultural researchers, each experienced in conducting cross-cultural/cross-language qualitative research. Through narrative descriptions of experiences with Latinos, Iranians, and Hmong refugees, the authors discuss their rewards, challenges, and methods of enhancing rigor, trustworthiness, and transparency when conducting cross-cultural/cross-language research. The authors discuss and explore how to effectively manage cross-cultural qualitative data, how to effectively use interpreters and translators, how to identify best methods of transcribing data, and the role of creating strong community relationships. The authors provide guidelines for health care professionals to consider when engaging in cross-cultural qualitative research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-87
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Work in Public Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015

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  • Culture/cultural competence
  • immigrants/migrants
  • language/linguistics
  • reflexivity
  • translation


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