Classifying the findings in qualitative studies.


Journal Article

A key task in conducting research integration studies is determining what features to account for in the research reports eligible for inclusion. In the course of a methodological project, the authors found a remarkable uniformity in the way findings were produced and presented, no matter what the stated or implied frame of reference or method. They describe a typology of findings, which they developed to bypass the discrepancy between method claims and the actual use of methods, and efforts to ascertain its utility and reliability. The authors propose that the findings in journal reports of qualitative studies in the health domain can be classified on a continuum of data transformation as no finding, topical survey, thematic survey, conceptual/thematic description, or interpretive explanation.

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Cited Authors

  • Sandelowski, M; Barroso, J

Published Date

  • September 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 905 - 923

PubMed ID

  • 14502957

Pubmed Central ID

  • 14502957

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1049-7323

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1049732303253488


  • eng