Use of the QSR.NUD.IST computer program to identify how clinical midwife mentors view their work

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  • Catherine Davis BA RGN RM DN Cert, DipCNE,

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    1. Postgraduate Student, School of Nursing Studies, University of Wales College of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 4XN, Wales
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  • Bryn D. Davis PhD BSc (Hons) RGN RMN RNT,

    1. Dean and Professor, School of Nursing Studies, University of Wales College of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 4XN, Wales
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  • Philip Burnard MSc PhD RGN RMN DipN CertEd RNT

    1. Reader, School of Nursing Studies, University of Wales College of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 4XN, Wales
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Catherine Davis, School of Nursing Studies, University of Wales College of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 4XN, Wales.

Abstract

This paper looks at the use of a computer program (QSR.NUD.IST) to analyse qualitative data. The data are derived from interviews with clinical midwife mentors as part of an evaluation of a midwifery educational programme. An account is given of the content analysis of the data with reference to the literature, and then the way the programme was used to analyse the data a second time. A description is given of the way this programme in particular functions using the textual data as an example. The use of computers in general for analysing qualitative data is discussed in terms of their advantages and disadvantages. The results of the study are described briefly showing how the mentors view their role and responsibilities.

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