Qualitative data analysis: the framework approach

Nurse Res. 2011;18(2):52-62. doi: 10.7748/nr2011.


Qualitative methods are invaluable for exploring the complexities of health care and patient experiences in particular. Diverse qualitative methods are available that incorporate different ontological and epistemological perspectives. One method of data management that is gaining in popularity among healthcare researchers is the framework approach. We will outline this approach, discuss its relative merits and provide a working example of its application to data management and analysis.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Patients / psychology
  • Qualitative Research*