This article describes and reflects on the analytical process undertaken on a qualitative case study analysis exploring the concept of interprofessional education (IPE) in Malta. The analysis which employed the ‘Framework’ approach executed by qualitative data analysis (QDAS) software, specifically NVivo, served to produce an audit trail eliciting how the data, findings, interpretations and subsequent conclusions were all tracked and grounded in the raw data. This paper offers a reflective account of my experience in using NVivo highlighting the potential of this software as facilitating a more rigorous and transparent approach to qualitative data analysis.


Framework, QSR * NVivo, Qualitative Case Study, Interprofessional Education, Transparency, Rigour

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Dr. Marjorie Bonello is Head, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta. Her research interests focus on interprofessional education, practice based learning, qualitative methodologies and health policies in small state systems. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: marjorie.bonello@um.edu.mt.

Ben Meehan is as an independent trainer and consultant in support of computer aided qualitative data projects (CAQDAS). A graduate of the Irish Management Institute and Dublin Business School he is also a member of the part-time staff in Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth and Dublin City University. He is a QSR certified platinum trainer and consultant and has worked in all of the major universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland and Northern Ireland. He regularly conducts workshops across Europe, the US and Australia. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: benmeehan.nvivo@gmail.com.

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