PubMed uses "Qualitative Research" or "Nursing Methodology Research" as a subject term.
CINAHL uses subject heading "Qualitative Studies" complemented by more detailed terms, including "Phenomenological Research" and "Grounded Theory"
On the lower half of first page of CINAHL, try selecting Qualitative Best as a Clinical Query
Subject terms PubMed uses "Qualitative Research" or "Nursing Methodology Research" as a SUBJECT term.
PubMed uses "Qualitative Research" or "Nursing Methodology Research" as a SUBJECT term.
PubMed includes saved search strategies (queries) that may help in the identification of literature relevant to health services research, including qualitative research.
The narrow qualitative query looks for the words qualitative and themes in titles and abstracts of articles. A modification of this strategy is linked below. It includes the MeSH term Qualitative Research, which was added to the MeSH vocabulary in 2003. Click on the strategy to run the search in PubMed. You may then add other concepts to the search.
Searching for Studies ( from Cochrane Qualitative Research Methods Group)
Draft version of Chapter 5 of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. Discusses methods and search terminology for identifying existing qualitative evidence syntheses and primary qualitative research studies. Addresses the issue of using methodological search filters and gives examples of filters for different databases.
If you want to limit your search to qualitative studies, first try "qualitatve as a keyword, then try using one of the following terms/phrases in your search (example: lactation AND focus group):