Publications and presentations resulting from secondary analysis of qualitative research are less common than similar efforts using quantitative secondary analysis, although online availability of high-quality qualitative data continues to increase. Advantages of secondary qualitative analysis include access to sometimes hard to reach participants; challenges include identifying data that are sufficient to respond to purposes beyond those the data were initially gathered to address. In this paper I offer an overview of secondary qualitative analysis processes and provide general recommendations for researchers to consider in planning and conducting qualitative secondary analysis. I also include a select list of data sources. Well-planned secondary qualitative analysis projects potentially reflect efficient use or reuse of resources and provide meaningful insights regarding a variety of subjects.


Qualitative Research, Secondary Analysis, Online Research Data

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Dr. Sheryl L. Chatfield, C.T.R.S., is Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She received her PhD in Health and Kinesiology with emphasis in health behavior and promotion from the University of Mississippi in University, MS, and received her M.S. degree in recreational therapy from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Dr. Chatfield completed the Nova Southeastern Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research in 2014 and is currently one of the Senior Editors of TQR. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: schatfi1@kent.edu

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