An overview of three different approaches to the interpretation of qualitative data. Part 1: theoretical issues
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An overview of three different approaches to the interpretation of qualitative data. Part 1: theoretical issues

Helena Priest Lecturer, Keele University, Staffordshire, England
Paula Roberts Senior Lecturer, Keele University, Staffordshire, England, and Editor, Nurse Researcher
Leslie Woods Lecturer, University of Liverpool, England

In this paper, the first of two, Helena Priest, Paula Roberts and Leslie Woods discuss the essential features and methods inherent within three approaches to the interpretation of qualitative data. An overview of three methodologies commonly used in nursing and healthcare research is presented: grounded theory, qualitative content analysis and narrative analysis. The paper considers the philosophical bases of the three methods and the principles inherent within each analytical approach. Key stages and steps are presented and described

Nurse Researcher. 10, 1, 30-42. doi: 10.7748/nr2002.10.10.1.30.c5877

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