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      Using the framework method for the analysis of qualitative data in multi-disciplinary health research

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          Abstract

          Background

          The Framework Method is becoming an increasingly popular approach to the management and analysis of qualitative data in health research. However, there is confusion about its potential application and limitations.

          Discussion

          The article discusses when it is appropriate to adopt the Framework Method and explains the procedure for using it in multi-disciplinary health research teams, or those that involve clinicians, patients and lay people. The stages of the method are illustrated using examples from a published study.

          Summary

          Used effectively, with the leadership of an experienced qualitative researcher, the Framework Method is a systematic and flexible approach to analysing qualitative data and is appropriate for use in research teams even where not all members have previous experience of conducting qualitative research.

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          Emerging Criteria for Quality in Qualitative and Interpretive Research

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            Rationale and standards for the systematic review of qualitative literature in health services research.

            Despite growing recognition of the need for qualitative methods in health services research, there have been few attempts to define quality standards for assessing the results. This article acknowledges the desirability of a plurality of standards. However, it is argued that three interrelated criteria can be identified as the foundation of good qualitative health research: interpretation of subjective meaning, description of social context, and attention to lay knowledge. These criteria can be examined in relation to different dimensions of any research report, including theoretical basis, sampling strategy, scope of data collection, description of data collected, and concern with generalizability or typicality. But if the concern is with the appropriateness of care and with understanding the factors that shape lay and clinical behavior, then these criteria must form the basis of a hierarchy of qualitative research evidence.
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              Quality in Qualitative Research

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                Journal
                BMC Med Res Methodol
                BMC Med Res Methodol
                BMC Medical Research Methodology
                BioMed Central
                1471-2288
                2013
                18 September 2013
                : 13
                : 117
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, Park House, 40 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham B15 2RT, UK
                [2 ]School of Health and Population Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
                [3 ]School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK
                [4 ]East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Lister hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage SG1 4AB, UK
                Article
                1471-2288-13-117
                10.1186/1471-2288-13-117
                3848812
                24047204
                848f718e-2e9c-4e03-9886-70bb8cefb620
                Copyright © 2013 Gale et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                Medicine

                qualitative research, qualitative content analysis, multi-disciplinary research

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