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Using Computer Assisted Qualitative Research Software in Occupational Science Research: A Comparison of Four Software Packages

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14-10-2009 7:00 PM

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14-10-2009 9:00 PM

Abstract

Qualitative research is useful for understanding the individual perspective often sought in occupational therapy research. This research can generate a variety of different types of data, including written documents, interview transcripts, videos, photographs, and observations. Analysis of this data can be aided by the use of Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS). There are several different software packages available on the market today, and choosing among them can be difficult. While there is no “best” software package for qualitative data analysis, each package has the ability to handle different type of data and provides different tools for analysis and model generation. The main tasks handled by qualitative data analysis are planning and managing the project, writing memos, reading and marking data, searching, developing a coding scheme, coding, retrieving coded segments, recoding, hyperlinking, mapping, and generating output. Differences in software packages include the ability to handle multimedia data, coding schema structures, margin display, closeness to the data, searching capabilities, mapping, output, coding text, retrieving coded text into a report, writing memos, and other special features of each package such as model building.The purpose of this presentation is to compare and demonstrate four popular software packages: HyperResearch, Atlas.Ti., MAXQDA and NVivo. Each of these software packages was tested using the author’s interview dataand field-notes from an ongoing study of parenting occupations for women undergoing cancer treatments. The advantages and limitations for each software package as well as their application to different qualitative research approaches will be discussed. A discussion of the direct application of CAQDAS to occupational science research will be presented.

References

Lewins, A., & Silver, C. (2009). Choosing a CAQDAS package. Retrieved May 15, 2009, from http://caqdas.soc.surrey.ac.uk/PDF/2009%20Choosing%20a %20CAQDAS%20Package.pdf

Lewins, A., & Silver, C. (2007) Using Qualitative Software: A Step by Step Guide. London: Sage Publications.

Lewis, B. (2004). NVivo 2.0 and Atlas.ti 5.0: A Comparative Review of Two Popular Qualitative Data-Analysis Programs. Field Methods, 16(4), 439-469. DOI: 10.1177/1525822X04269174

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Using Computer Assisted Qualitative Research Software in Occupational Science Research: A Comparison of Four Software Packages

Qualitative research is useful for understanding the individual perspective often sought in occupational therapy research. This research can generate a variety of different types of data, including written documents, interview transcripts, videos, photographs, and observations. Analysis of this data can be aided by the use of Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS). There are several different software packages available on the market today, and choosing among them can be difficult. While there is no “best” software package for qualitative data analysis, each package has the ability to handle different type of data and provides different tools for analysis and model generation. The main tasks handled by qualitative data analysis are planning and managing the project, writing memos, reading and marking data, searching, developing a coding scheme, coding, retrieving coded segments, recoding, hyperlinking, mapping, and generating output. Differences in software packages include the ability to handle multimedia data, coding schema structures, margin display, closeness to the data, searching capabilities, mapping, output, coding text, retrieving coded text into a report, writing memos, and other special features of each package such as model building.The purpose of this presentation is to compare and demonstrate four popular software packages: HyperResearch, Atlas.Ti., MAXQDA and NVivo. Each of these software packages was tested using the author’s interview dataand field-notes from an ongoing study of parenting occupations for women undergoing cancer treatments. The advantages and limitations for each software package as well as their application to different qualitative research approaches will be discussed. A discussion of the direct application of CAQDAS to occupational science research will be presented.