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Exploring using NVivo software to facilitate inductive coding for thematic narrative synthesis

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posted on 19.11.2021, 12:57 by Helen Elliott-Mainwaring
Background
The author conducted a review on how power and hierarchy affect staff safety in maternity services, using a narrative synthesis of staff voices from relevant literature. The review was coded using NVivo software. This article aims to evaluate NVivo as a tool for thematic narrative synthesis.

Methods
Selected papers were coded inductively using NVivo software, a subjective idealist approach to knowledge where iteration is achieved at the coding and synthesis stages of the process.

Results
NVivo proved to be a versatile tool; the imported files could be word or pdf, the import tab made it possible to upload images and audio files and information could be transferred from OneNote, Outlook and bibliographic software such as Endnote and RefWorks. NVivo software provided numerous options to explore data within different tabs. Users could create relationships between files and there were opportunities to display the findings in word clouds, hierarchies and clusters.

Conclusions
NVivo was a user-friendly tool for a novice user, facilitating coding for thematic narrative synthesis. A discussion of the review findings were explored in a previous article.

History

Citation

British Journal of Midwifery, 29 (11), 2021

Author affiliation

School of Allied Health Professions

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

British Journal of Midwifery

Volume

29

Issue

11

Pagination

2 - 6

Publisher

Mark Allen Healthcare

issn

0969-4900

Acceptance date

28/05/2021

Copyright date

2021

Available date

02/05/2022

Language

en

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