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Q methodology: quantitative aspects of data analysis in a study of student nurse perceptions of dignity in care. [Case study]

Mullen, R.F.; Fleming, A.; McMillan, L.; Kydd, A.

Authors

R.F. Mullen

A. Fleming

L. McMillan

A. Kydd



Abstract

The purpose of this case is to introduce you to quantitative aspects of analysing Q methodology data; a process I found complex and challenging as a novice Q-researcher. The case is illustrated by reference to a Q methodology doctoral study, exploring student nurses' perceptions of preserving dignity in care. I benefited greatly from the generosity of those in the Q methodology community who shared the practical lessons they had learned from analysing their own data. This case is intended in that same spirit of generosity, for those at the beginning of their own journey into Q methodology data analysis. This paper focuses on the analysis of the data derived from the Q-sorts of its twenty-one participants, rather than the research design and findings.

Citation

MULLEN, R.F., FLEMING, A., MCMILLAN, L. and KYDD, A. 2022. Q methodology: quantitative aspects of data analysis in a study of student nurse perceptions of dignity in care. [Case study]. London: SAGE [online]. Available from: https://doi.org/10.4135/9781529799705

Digital Artefact Type Website Content
Acceptance Date Sep 20, 2021
Online Publication Date Apr 6, 2022
Publication Date Dec 31, 2022
Deposit Date Oct 15, 2021
Publicly Available Date Oct 15, 2021
Publisher SAGE Publications
DOI https://doi.org/10.4135/9781529799705
Keywords Q-methodology; Q-research; Nursing students; Dignity in care
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1490231
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https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1645822
Additional Information This case study has been published with ISBN 9781529799705.

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