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Challenges and solutions during analysis in a longitudinal narrative case study

Whiffin, Charlotte Jane; Bailey, Christopher; Ellis-Hill, Caroline; Jarrett, Nikki

Authors

Charlotte Jane Whiffin

Christopher Bailey christopher.bailey@nottingham.ac.uk

Caroline Ellis-Hill

Nikki Jarrett



Abstract

Aim

To describe the challenges faced by those performing complex qualitative analysis during a narrative study and to offer solutions.

Background

Qualitative research requires rigorous analysis. However, novice researchers often struggle to identify appropriately robust analytical procedures that will move them from their transcripts to their final findings. The lack of clear and detailed accounts in the literature that consider narrative analysis and how to address some of the common challenges researchers face add to this problem.

Data sources

A longitudinal narrative case study exploring the personal and familial changes reported by uninjured family members during the first year of another family member’s traumatic brain injury. Review methods. This is a methodological paper.

Discussion

The challenges of analysis included: conceptualising analysis; demonstrating the relationship between the different analytical layers and the final research findings; interpreting the data in a way that reflected the priorities of a narrative approach; and managing large quantities of data. The solutions explored were: the mapping of analytic intentions; aligning analysis and interpretation with the conceptual framework; and the use of matrices to store and manage quotes, codes and reflections.

Conclusion

Working with qualitative data can be daunting for novice researchers. Ensuring rigorous, transparent, and auditable data analysis procedures can further constrain the interpretive aspect of analysis. Implications for research/practice. The solutions offered in this paper should help novice researchers to manage and work with their data, assisting them to develop the confidence to be more intuitive and creative in their research.

Citation

Whiffin, C. J., Bailey, C., Ellis-Hill, C., & Jarrett, N. (2014). Challenges and solutions during analysis in a longitudinal narrative case study. Nurse Researcher, 21(4), https://doi.org/10.7748/nr2014.03.21.4.20.e1238

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 13, 2014
Publication Date Mar 27, 2014
Deposit Date Apr 5, 2018
Publicly Available Date Apr 5, 2018
Journal Nurse Researcher
Print ISSN 1351-5578
Electronic ISSN 2047-8992
Publisher RCN Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 4
DOI https://doi.org/10.7748/nr2014.03.21.4.20.e1238
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/50749
Publisher URL https://journals.rcni.com/doi/full/10.7748/nr2014.03.21.4.20.e1238
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Accepted version text: for published version go to :
Whiffin C, Bailey C, Ellis-Hill C, Jarrett N (2014) Challenges and solutions during analysis in a
longitudinal narrative case study. Nurse Researcher. 21, 4, 20-26.

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Copyright Statement
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