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WASP (Write a Scientific Paper): Interpretative phenomenological analysis: Its attraction and relevance to the medical field

Miriam Geraldi Gauci
Early Human Development 2019 April 8
This paper describes the use of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) in qualitative research and its adaptability to medical research. Whilst presenting the main tenets of the approach, it also highlights its' strengths in helping medical professionals gain rich information about their service users' needs, symptoms and experiences, via research. It discusses the application of IPA on various levels such as by contextualising quantitative data or gaining insight into patients' understanding of clinical guidelines. The paper also describes methodological choices of the approach and the reasoning behind them. It outlines the sample, data collection tools and method of analysis utilised in IPA. To help researchers locate the particular use of this approach on the qualitative research landscape, this paper also compares its' use to that of other qualitative approaches. Finally, it discusses ways of evaluating IPA studies and hence, to ensure that such studies respect the philosophical roots of qualitative research in general, and those of IPA in particular.


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