Paragrapg 2

Paragrapg 2

Please write a paragraph responding to the discussion bellow. Add citations and references in alphabetical order.


Qualitative data analysis is what can set informative articles apart from each other. By answering a question or theory using qualitative data, researchers have supportive data to backup and guide their conclusions. Compiling and directing data collection, however, requires thoughtful organization to keep data collection from becoming too overwhelming. Kate Seers writes in the article, Qualitative Data Analysis, “It is easy to be overwhelmed by the volume of data – novice qualitative researchers are sometimes told not to worry and the themes will emerge from the data. This suggests some sort of epiphany, (which is how it happens sometimes!) but generally it comes from detailed work and reflection on the data and what it is telling you. There is sometimes a fine line between being immersed in the data and drowning in it” (2011).

In order to organize data into the most manageable and useful way, there are 3 steps to keep in mind. First, check the date and amount of supporting data for accuracy. This way you can separate data out that might be out of date, not complete or for any other errors before using the information to support an analysis. Next, sort and organize data by coding into categories. Look for repeating trends that occur in the research. For example, all data relating to supportive analysis of why oral health is not being completed highlighted in yellow and titled “Drawbacks. All data that supports steps needed to improve oral health highlighted in blue and titled “Policy Steps”. The data can be kept in separate documents for example as well. Finally, create a system to save and incorporate quotes to support data. If there is a quote or supportive data that you definitely want to include in supporting the analysis, keep track of the quotes, the reference information and the page number of where to find it. With organizational steps, it is easier to keep a very large amount of data clear, direct and focused on the question you are trying to answer. “Qualitative research focuses on gathering mainly verbal data rather than measurements. Gathered information is then analyzed in an interpretative manner, subjective, impressionistic or even diagnostic” (Essays, UK, 2013). Qualitative data is a vital tool when it comes to nursing research. Knowing how to manage this often overwhelming tool is the first step in bringing together a research plan.


Essays, UK. (November 2013). Differences between Qualitative and Quantitative Research. Retrieved from…