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Exploring the Meanings of Artistic Occupation for Women Living with Chronic Illness: a Comparison of Template and Interpretative Phenomenological Approaches to Analysis

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This article examines two approaches to analysing qualitative data, namely the template approach and the interpretative phenomenological approach. Each has been used in an evolving research project, which explores the reasons that women give for engaging in artistic occupation as a means of coping with illness. A discussion of the strengths and limitations encountered in each analytical method is provided. The key objectives of this article are to explore some of the strengths and limitations of each of these two analytical methods and to illustrate how the choice of analytical strategy may affect research findings. This may be helpful for students and therapists who are considering carrying out a qualitative research project.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2003

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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