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

Green, Julie, Willis, Karen, Hughes, Emma, Small, Rhonda, Welch, Nicky, Gibbs, Lisa and Daly, Jeanne 2007, Generating best evidence from qualitative research: the role of data analysis, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 31, no. 6, pp. 545-550.

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Title Generating best evidence from qualitative research: the role of data analysis
Author(s) Green, Julie
Willis, Karen
Hughes, Emma
Small, Rhonda
Welch, Nicky
Gibbs, Lisa
Daly, Jeanne
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 31
Issue number 6
Start page 545
End page 550
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publication Milton, Qld.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1326-0200
Keyword(s) qualitative research
data analysis
Summary 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 high-quality research. Studies that give an explicit account of the data analysis process provide insights into how conclusions are reached while studies that explain themes anchored to data and theory produce the strongest evidence.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, The authors; Public Heath Association of Australia
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