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A critical evaluation of the use of interpretative\ud phenomenological analysis (IPA) in health psychology

By Joanna Brocki and Alison Wearden


With the burgeoning use of qualitative methods in health research, criteria for judging their value\ud become increasingly necessary. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) is a distinctive\ud approach to conducting qualitative research being used with increasing frequency in published\ud studies. A systematic literature review was undertaken to identify published papers in the area of health psychology employing IPA. A total of 52 articles are reviewed here in terms of the\ud following: methods of data collection, sampling, assessing wider applicability of research and\ud adherence to the theoretical foundations and procedures of IPA. IPA seems applicable and useful\ud in a wide variety of research topics. The lack of attention sometimes afforded to the interpretative\ud facet of the approach is discussed

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Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2006
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