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Analyzing Data: Approaches to Thematic Analysis

  • Gerard J. Gormley
  • Grainne P. Kearney
  • Jennifer L. Johnston
  • Aaron W. CalhounEmail author
  • Debra Nestel
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Abstract

In this chapter, we focus our attention on qualitative research related to healthcare simulation. This chapter explores two related approaches to analysing qualitative data – thematic analysis and qualitative content analysis. Both of these methods are commonly used in qualitative research, and are considered relatively accessible forms of analysis. We provide a logical approach to their use offering references and a worked example. In addition to introducing the each method, we discuss how to ensure rigour and trustworthiness in your research. These issues form an essential part of any qualitative approach.

Keywords

Thematic analysis Content analysis Themes Codes Template analysis Qualitative research 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerard J. Gormley
    • 1
  • Grainne P. Kearney
    • 1
  • Jennifer L. Johnston
    • 1
  • Aaron W. Calhoun
    • 2
    Email author
  • Debra Nestel
    • 4
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Medical EducationQueen’s University BelfastBelfastUK
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Louisville School of MedicineLouisvilleUSA
  3. 3.Monash Institute for Health and Clinical EducationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  4. 4.Austin Hospital, Department of Surgery, Melbourne Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health SciencesUniversity of MelbourneHeidelbergAustralia

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