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Can J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2009;19(3):24-31.

Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software: a review.

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School of Nursing, University of Northern British Columbia, 3333 University Way, Prince George, British Columbia.


Over recent decades, qualitative research has become accepted as a uniquely valuable methodological approach for generating knowledge, particularly in relation to promoting understanding of patients' experiences and responses to illness. Within cardiovascular nursing such qualitative approaches have been widely adopted to systematically investigate a number of phenomena. Contemporary qualitative research practice comprises a diverse range of disciplines and approaches. Computer-aided qualitative data analysis software represents an important facet of this increasingly sophisticated movement. Such software offers an efficient means through which to manage and organize data while supporting rigorous data analysis. The increasing use of qualitative data analysis software has stimulated wide discussion. This research column includes a review of some of the advantages and debates related to the use and integration of qualitative data analysis software.

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