The focus groups and panel consensus discussions and health care professional interviews will have notes transcribed ad verbatim, typed up and thematic analysis carried out using following the method described by . Transcripts would be independently analysed using the framework approach. Thematic analyses are incredibly commonly used in qualitative research as relevant to development of a psychosexual pathway. It emphasizes pinpointing, examining, and recording patterns (or “themes”) within data . Themes are patterns across data sets important to the description of a phenomenon and associated to a specific research question . For example, with the research question the overall goal is development of a psychosexual pathway for men post-surgery for prostate cancer. The themes identified will help us develop that. This method allows us to compare data between themes, which is useful in exploring pathway delivery.
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