Journal article

Generating best evidence from qualitative research: the role of data analysis

Julie Green, Willis Karen, Hughes Emma, Rhonda Small, Nicky Welch, Gibbs Lisa, Jeanne Daly

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To outline the importance of the clarity of data analysis in the doing and reporting of interview-based qualitative research. APPROACH: We explore the clear links between data analysis and evidence. We argue that transparency in the data analysis process is integral to determining the evidence that is generated. Data analysis must occur concurrently with data collection and comprises an ongoing process of 'testing the fit' between the data collected and analysis. We discuss four steps in the process of thematic data analysis: immersion, coding, categorising and generation of themes. CONCLUSION: Rigorous and systematic analysis of qualitative data is integral to the production of h..

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