Using the framework method for the analysis of qualitative data in multi-disciplinary health research

BMC Med Res Methodol. 2013 Sep 18:13:117. doi: 10.1186/1471-2288-13-117.


Background: The Framework Method is becoming an increasingly popular approach to the management and analysis of qualitative data in health research. However, there is confusion about its potential application and limitations.

Discussion: The article discusses when it is appropriate to adopt the Framework Method and explains the procedure for using it in multi-disciplinary health research teams, or those that involve clinicians, patients and lay people. The stages of the method are illustrated using examples from a published study.

Summary: Used effectively, with the leadership of an experienced qualitative researcher, the Framework Method is a systematic and flexible approach to analysing qualitative data and is appropriate for use in research teams even where not all members have previous experience of conducting qualitative research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Health Services Research / methods*
  • Humans
  • Qualitative Research*
  • Research Design