This manual is divided into six chapters and appendixes: 1) describes the evolution of RAP - the modification of traditional anthropological techniques to fit a time constraint of 4 - 8 weeks. 2) outlines the anthropological methods of formal interviews, informal interviews, conversation, observation, participant observation and focus groups. Types of information records are outlined. 3) details how to conduct a focus group and record information. 4) gives guidance on the selection training and supervision of field workers. 5) gives some examples of data analysis and presentation (cognitive maps, graphs of perceptions of the effort in childbirth, diarrohea taxonomies). 6) a final page is devoted to the outline of a final report. Extensive appendices cover the types of questions to be used in gathering health information.
Although primarily aimed at anthropologists, the authors intend this manual to be used by health workers, researchers and social scientists. This guide is probably best used as a source book of ideas rather than an instruction manual to be copied.
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