Linking Theory with Qualitative Research through Study of Stroke Caregiving Families
Article first published online: 17 MAY 2013
© 2013 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
How to Cite
Pierce, L. L., Steiner, V., Cervantez Thompson, T. L. and Friedemann, M.-L. (2013), Linking Theory with Qualitative Research through Study of Stroke Caregiving Families. Rehabilitation Nursing. doi: 10.1002/rnj.83
- Article first published online: 17 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 JUL 2012
- Theory Research Qualitative;
This theoretical article outlines the deliberate process of applying a qualitative data analysis method rooted in Friedemann's Framework of Systemic Organization through the study of a web-based education and support intervention for stroke caregiving families.
Directed by Friedemann's framework, the analytic method involved developing, refining, and using a coding rubric to explore interactive patterns between caregivers and care recipients from this 3-month feasibility study using this education and support intervention. Specifically, data were gathered from the intervention's web-based discussion component between caregivers and the nurse specialist, as well as from telephone caregiver interviews.
Findings and Conclusions
A theoretical framework guided the process of developing and refining this coding rubric for the purpose of organizing data; but, more importantly, guided the investigators' thought processes, allowing them to extract rich information from the data set, as well as synthesize this information to generate a broad understanding of the caring situation.