Applying thematic analysis theory to practice: a researcher's experience

Contemp Nurse. 2005 Jul-Aug;19(1-2):75-87. doi: 10.5172/conu.19.1-2.75.


This article describes an experience of thematic analysis. In order to answer the question 'What does analysis look like in practice?' it describes in brief how the methodology of grounded theory, the epistemology of social constructionism, and the theoretical stance of symbolic interactionism inform analysis. Additionally, analysis is examined by evidencing the systematic processes--here termed organising, coding, writing, theorising, and reading--that led the researcher to develop a final thematic schema.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged / psychology
  • Data Collection
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical*
  • Humans
  • Knowledge
  • Models, Nursing
  • Narration
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nursing Methodology Research / methods*
  • Nursing Theory*
  • Philosophy, Nursing
  • Qualitative Research*
  • Research Design*
  • Review Literature as Topic
  • Symbolism
  • Truth Disclosure
  • Writing