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Table 3 Three analytic directions selected

From: The role of analytic direction in qualitative research

Analytic Direction #1 Title Strategies used by a patient group
Objective/purpose To examine the experiences and behaviours with bone health management post-fracture among members of an existing national patient group
Emphasis on inductive versus deductive analysis Inductive and deductive
Analytic approach Phenomenology
Key messages More than half of the participants described effective consumer behaviours, including making requests of bone health care providers for referrals to bone specialists, bone mineral density tests, and prescription medication. These behaviours could be translated into skill sets and incorporated in post-fracture interventions.
Analytic Direction #2 Title Perceived messages about bone health
Objective/purpose To determine how members of a national bone health patient group perceive the messages received from various healthcare providers regarding bone health following a fracture
Emphasis on inductive versus deductive analysis Inductive
Analytic approach Phenomenology
Key messages Most participants perceived that their specialist was more interested than their primary care provider in bone health and took the time to discuss issues with them. There were many instances where perceived messages within and across various healthcare providers were inconsistent.
Analytic Direction #3 Title Theory of Planned Behaviour explains intentions to use medication
Objective/purpose To determine if the Theory of Planned Behaviour explains patients’ intentions to use, or continue using, bone active medication after a fracture.
Emphasis on inductive versus deductive analysis Deductive
Analytic approach Qualitative description
Key messages The Theory of Planned Behaviour appeared to be predictive of intentions to use medication in approximately three-quarters of participants. In the majority of participants where the Theory of Planned Behaviour did not appear to be predictive, a positive attitude toward the medication was the most important domain in determining intentions.