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Table 2 Characteristics of studies in review

From: Ethnographic research as an evolving method for supporting healthcare improvement skills: a scoping review

Method summary
 Focused ethnography 25
 Thematic analysis 21
 Grounded theory study 15
 Case study 13
 Mixed methods 13
 Institutional ethnography 12
 Critical ethnography 12
 Content analysis 8
 Constant comparison 7
 Discourse analysis 6
 Auto-ethnography 2
 Other 107
Regiona
 Middle East 5
 South America 11
 Asia 15
 Africa 22
 Australasia 33
 Europe (excl. UK) 47
 UK 74
 North America 95
Healthcare subject area
 Clinical communication 3
 HIV-AIDS 3
 Intensive Care Unit 7
 Medication prescribing and management 8
 Cancer 10
 Paediatrics 10
 Surgery and orthopaedics 10
 Patient safety 11
 Emergency medicine and acute care 12
 Chronic illness 12
 Family doctors, primary care and general practice 12
 Nursing practice 13
 Healthcare technology 14
 Maternity care and reproductive medicine 15
 Quality of care improvement and healthcare reform 18
 Mental health and psychiatry 19
 Dementia, care of the elderly, end of life care, palliative care 20
 No info/other 86
  1. asome studies have been allocated to more than one region