Managing large qualitative data sets in family research
NLM Title Abbreviation
J Fam Nurs
Journal of Family Nursing
DOI of Published Version
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.
Qualitative Studies, Data Analysis Software, Family Nursing, Research, Nursing, Data Management
Published Article/Book Citation
Journal of Family Nursing, 2:4 (1996) pp.350-364.