Two Strategies for Qualitative Content Analysis: An Intramethod Approach to Triangulation

Susan M. Renz, Jane M Carrington, Terry A Badger

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The overarching aim of qualitative research is to gain an understanding of certain social phenomena. Qualitative research involves the studied use and collection of empirical materials, all to describe moments and meanings in individuals’ lives. Data derived from these various materials require a form of analysis of the content, focusing on written or spoken language as communication, to provide context and understanding of the message. Qualitative research often involves the collection of data through extensive interviews, note taking, and tape recording. These methods are time- and labor-intensive. With the advances in computerized text analysis software, the practice of combining methods to analyze qualitative data can assist the researcher in making large data sets more manageable and enhance the trustworthiness of the results. This article will describe a novel process of combining two methods of qualitative data analysis, or Intramethod triangulation, as a means to provide a deeper analysis of text.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)824-831
Number of pages8
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


  • North America
  • North Americans
  • United States of America
  • methodology
  • qualitative
  • research design
  • technology
  • triangulation
  • use in research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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