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|Title:||Qualitative Content Analysis|
|Author(s):||Jane Forman, Laura Damschroder|
|Volume:||11 Editor(s): Liva Jacoby, Laura A. Siminoff ISBN: 978-0-7623-1266-5 eISBN: 978-1-84950-383-9|
|Citation:||Jane Forman, Laura Damschroder (2007), Qualitative Content Analysis, in Liva Jacoby, Laura A. Siminoff (ed.) Empirical Methods for Bioethics: A Primer (Advances in Bioethics, Volume 11), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.39-62|
|DOI:||10.1016/S1479-3709(07)11003-7 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Article type:||Chapter Item|
Content analysis is a family of systematic, rule-guided techniques used to analyze the informational contents of textual data (Mayring, 2000). It is used frequently in nursing research, and is rapidly becoming more prominent in the medical and bioethics literature. There are several types of content analysis including quantitative and qualitative methods all sharing the central feature of systematically categorizing textual data in order to make sense of it (Miles & Huberman, 1994). They differ, however, in the ways they generate categories and apply them to the data, and how they analyze the resulting data. In this chapter, we describe a type of qualitative content analysis in which categories are largely derived from the data, applied to the data through close reading, and analyzed solely qualitatively. The generation and application of categories that we describe can also be used in studies that include quantitative analysis.
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