Working ‘up’ and ‘out’: how qualitative researchers approach analysis

Qualitative researchers employ a range of different approaches to conducting qualitative analyses. In the process, they describe and interpret data, explaining the relationships between the patterns they find and interrogating their findings in various ways to provide thick descriptions of phenomena or explanatory theories. Drawing on his own qualitative analyses on experiences of cancer, Dr MacArtney will explore some of the ways in which qualitative analysts approach these processes. This lecture will provide the opportunity to demystify an often intangible process and tackle some of the challenges facing qualitative health researchers today.

Dr John MacArtney is a Senior Researcher with the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford and is a sociologist of health and illness with specific interests in the diagnosis of cancer, end of life and palliative care, and bereavement. He specialises in qualitative research.

This talk is being held as part of the Qualitative Research Methods module which is part of the MSc in Evidence-based Health Care. Members of the public are welcome to attend.