Title

Managing large qualitative data sets in family research

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

11-1-1996

Journal, Book or Conference Title

Journal of Family Nursing

NLM Title Abbreviation

J Fam Nurs

Abstract

The authors describe two complementary data management techniques -- family case summaries and computer generated matrices -- and their contribution to the analytic goals of a study of family response to childhood chronic illness. Family case summaries enabled the investigators to reduce a large qualitative data set in a way that preserved the family focus of the research. The use of a database management software system contributed to the efficient display and manipulation of thematically coded data in a way that fostered constant comparison of the data and analytic insights. The importance of using the two techniques in a way that supports the overall purpose and methodological underpinnings of a given study is emphasized.

Keywords

Qualitative Studies, Data Analysis Software, Family Nursing, Research, Nursing, Data Management

Published Article/Book Citation

The definitive version was published in Journal of Family Nursing, 2:4 (1996) pp.350-364.

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URL

http://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/155