Content analysis: concepts, methods and applications

Nurse Res. 1997 May 1;4(3):5-16. doi: 10.7748/nr.4.3.5.s2.


Content analysis is much more than a naive technique that results in a simplistic description of data. It allows the researcher to test theoretical issues to enhance understanding of the data. Using applications from the nursing and health literature, this paper will explain key concepts and methodological issues, including strategies for data analysis.