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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2007 Jan-Feb;39(1):37-47.

Development of a decision tree to determine appropriateness of NVivo in analyzing qualitative data sets.

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Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University, Ft Collins, CO, USA.


A decision tree was developed to determine when NVivo is an appropriate tool for qualitative analysis. NVivo, a qualitative analysis software package, was used to analyze interviews of 204 Asian, Hispanic, and white parents in 12 states. The experience provided insight into issues that should be considered when deciding to use the software. NVivo can enhance the qualitative research process, quickly process queries, and expand analytical avenues. Before using, however, the following must be considered: training time, establishing inter-coder reliability, number and length of documents, coding time, coding structure, use of automated coding, and possible need for separate databases or additional supporting software.

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