Practical impressions of interpretative phenomenological analysis from the novice’s standpoint
Hannah Rettie PhD, School of Psychology, Bangor University College of Health and Behavioural Sciences, Wales
Jakob Emiliussen PhD, Post doc at The Unit for Clinical Alcohol Research and Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark
Background Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) is an approach to qualitative analysis that has increasingly been used in health and psychology over the past 10-15 years.
Aim To address the practical impressions of applying IPA, from the perspective of novice researchers.
Discussion The authors have observed two areas to which they would like to draw novice researchers’ attention: interpretations of the six steps of IPA and what ‘interpretation’ means in IPA. They provide tentative suggestions in these areas for supporting researchers new to IPA.
Conclusion More transparency in analysis when publishing work, alongside the introduction of interpretation as the ‘seventh’ step of IPA, may increase the quality of IPA research and help new researchers to understand the approach better.
Rettie H, Emiliussen J (2018) Practical impressions of interpretative phenomenological analysis from the novice’s standpoint. Nurse Researcher. doi: 10.7748/nr.2018.e1589
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software
Conflict of interest
Published online: 19 September 2018
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