Secondary analysis of qualitative data: a valuable method for exploring sensitive issues with an elusive population?


Long-Sutehall , Tracy , Sque, Magi and Addington-Hall, Julia (2011) Secondary analysis of qualitative data: a valuable method for exploring sensitive issues with an elusive population? Journal of Research in Nursing, 16, (4), 335-344. (doi:10.1177/1744987110381553).

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This paper demonstrates the process of conducting a secondary analysis of primary qualitative datasets. Whilst there is a well-established tradition of carrying out a secondary analysis of quantitative datasets within social and health research this has not been the case with qualitative datasets. Despite a recent growth in interest in secondary analysis of qualitative data, very little information is available regarding the process as publications tend to focus on the outcomes of analyses. A secondary analysis of 28 transcripts sorted from two primary datasets containing longitudinal and cross-sectional interview data was carried out. The choice of applying a secondary analysis fulfilled the aims of: i) addressing a sensitive area of research, and ii) accessing a research population that was elusive, factors that may be barriers to carrying out research in areas that are considered to be of a sensitive nature, or topic

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1361-4096 (print)
1744-988X (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Superseded (SONM)
ePrint ID: 193035
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2011 07:49
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:44
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/193035

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