Constructing the final template
Affiliation: University of Huddersfield
Date written: 20th January 2009
- How to combine together descriptive codes into over-arching categories
- How to reduce the size of the coding scheme (template)
- How to use the literature to introduce new concepts into the analysis
- How to use these ideas to re-interpret the data and establish new codes or themes.
In the final version of the template or coding scheme Frances simplified things a lot. She reduced the large number of descriptive codes concerned with treatment and the medical process of the experience of whiplash injury into just a few codes under the general heading of The Healthcare Experience. She also introduced some new codes which related to the theoretical idea of embodiment which she had got from her reading of the literature. Some of the descriptive codes she had used in the previous template were recoded to these new codes which gave much more emphasis to how the respondents had experienced their injury. This was particularly true of codes to do with pain and the management of pain. However, she also introduced new codes about the disruption to body movement and lifestyle and about the changing sense of self.
You may find it useful to print out the final version of the template that Frances used before watching this video.
In this 12 minute video, Frances discusses how she collapsed together many of the lower level codes into just a few codes grouped under the category or top-level code of The Healthcare Experience. She also explains how she came across the idea of embodiment in her reading and how she revised both the codes and her interpretation of the respondents' interviews to accommodate this in the analysis: