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Green, J, Willis, KF, Hughes, E, Small, R, Welch, N, Gibbs, L and Daly, J 2007 , 'Generating best evidence from qualitative research: the role of data analysis' , Austalian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 31, no. 6 , pp. 545-550 , doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2007.00141.x.

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Objective: To outline the importance of
the clarity of data analysis in the doing and
reporting of interview-based qualitative
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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Green, J and Willis, KF and Hughes, E and Small, R and Welch, N and Gibbs, L and Daly, J
Keywords: Qualitative research; data analysis; interviews; evidence; theory.
Journal or Publication Title: Austalian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
ISSN: 1326-0200
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2007.00141.x
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