Leslie Woods

Reworking qualitative data

Reworking Qualitative Data is, to say the very least, an interesting and relatively novel text. For many nurse researchers (including me), this will be unfamiliar territory and a refreshing addition to the staple diet of research methodology books currently available. As the title suggests, the book explores the possibility and principles of undertaking secondary analysis of qualitative data sets. As the author acknowledges, secondary analysis of pre-existing statistical data sets has been commonplace for over the past 30 years, whereas the secondary analysis of qualitative data sets is still very much in its infancy. Given the novelty of this approach this book serves as a useful introduction for anyone considering the use of qualitative secondary analysis. It is packed with thought-provoking and interesting ideas and attempts to cover all the bases in terms of defining the methodology, discussing the types of qualitative secondary analysis, as well as attempting to grapple with the thorny epistemological and ethical and legal issues. The author even offers modi operandi for those wishing to undertake secondary analysis of a pre-existing data set.

Requesting access for research purposes: issues and guidelines

One of the main considerations in the early stages of the research process is the request for access to research participants. This important stage can yield profitable results or be a source of frustration. Leslie Woods and Paula Roberts discuss issues involved in requesting access, together with suggested guidelines to facilitate the process

An overview of three different approaches to the interpretation of qualitative data....

In this paper, the first of two, Helena Priest, Paula Roberts and Leslie Woods discuss the essential features and methods inherent within three approaches to the interpretation of qualitative data. An overview of three methodologies commonly used in nursing and healthcare research is presented: grounded theory, qualitative content analysis and narrative analysis. The paper considers the philosophical bases of the three methods and the principles inherent within each analytical approach. Key stages and steps are presented and described

An overview of three different approaches to the interpretation of qualitative data....

This paper continues the discussion of the essential features and methods inherent within three approaches to the interpretation of qualitative data presented in Part 1 (Priest et al 2002). Leslie Woods, Helena Priest and Paula Roberts explore the use of grounded theory, qualitative content analysis and narrative analysis through the use of an illustrative example

Qualitative data analysis — explorations with NVivo

The number of new and revised versions of computer software dedicated to aiding qualitative data analysis shows no sign of relenting. While most software is supplied with a manual and tutorials, many end users yearn for supplementary texts that outline the theoretical principles of qualitative research paradigms and apply them to a specific computer program. This book by Graham Gibbs is one such text. It explores the use of the relatively new NVivo program; a next generation development of QSR’s NUD*IST software. This review is not about the software per se, but is about the usefulness of this text!

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A regular look at forthcoming events, courses and information relevant to nursing research.