Sex Transm Infect 78:87-89 doi:10.1136/sti.78.2.87
  • Research methods

The application of qualitative research methods to the study of sexually transmitted infections

  1. R Power
  1. Correspondence to:
 Department of STDs, Royal Free and University College London, University College London, London, UK;
  • Accepted 18 February 2002


Qualitative methods have gained support in health sciences research and have a role to play in STI studies. This article reviews the main techniques used by qualitative researchers, with illustrations taken from the field of STIs.