Matrix analysis as a complementary analytic strategy in qualitative inquiry

Qual Health Res. 2002 Jul;12(6):855-66. doi: 10.1177/104973230201200611.


In the current health care environment, researchers are asked to share meaningful results with interdisciplinary professional audiences, concerned community members, students, policy makers, planners, and financial officers. Emphasis is placed on effective health care outcomes and evidence, especially for underserved and vulnerable populations. Any research strategy that facilitates the clear, accurate communication of findings and voices will likely benefit groups targeted for intervention with scarce resources. In this example, matrix analysis contributes to the display, interpretation, pragmatic evaluation, and dissemination of findings in a study of rural elders. The author proposes matrix analysis as a strategy to advance knowledge and enhance the development of evidence in qualitative research.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Communication
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Health Services Research / methods*
  • Humans
  • Information Services
  • Rural Population
  • United States