This is a primary, comprehensive textbook for people who are considering undertaking a piece of health-related research. It is an accessible companion with the aim of getting the reader to think broadly about all of the issues that need to be considered when embarking on a project. This is a pragmatic book, a step-by-step guide to research which mirrors the structure of a research project, taking you through the thought process for designing and conducting your study from formulating the right research question at idea inception, ascertaining what methodologies and analysis can answer what type of questions, right through to dissemination, all presented in an easy, digestible style. The book is full of case study illustrations and practical tips such as how to work out a research budget and obtaining funding for your project, discussion of what permissions need to obtained when conducting research with people, and how to involve public and patients. The authors are all experienced researchers and so this book is an accumulation of collective wisdom on common research challenges and issues.

Qualitative Analysis

Qualitative analysis
Caitlin NotleyGill GreenLouise Marsland

Learning Objectives

  • To appreciate the continuum between qualitative data collection and analysis
  • To understand the key approaches to qualitative data analysis, recognising the commonalities and differences between them
  • To enable you to make an informed choice of analysis between grounded theory and framework analysis, the most commonly applied analytical approaches within health services research, and be able to justify your choice


Decisions about which qualitative data analysis approach to choose should always be guided by the research question which, if it is clear and well defined, will guide you towards a particular analytical approach (please see Chapter 1: ‘Asking the Right Question’). It is also critical that approaches to qualitative data analysis be considered as part of a methodological continuum, where ...

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