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Examples of Nvivo use for research with several waves or over a study of longevity?

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Guest Chira


We are currently conducting a study using Nvivo to assist us with the analysis and plan to do so over a period of several waves. We were wondering if anyone knew of any examples where this has been done before and to see how others have done so.



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Hi Chira, I know people do longitudinal studies with NVivo. One way to fine some examples would be to use a database like Scopus and look up NVivo and longitudinal study. I will ask some of our trainers to also help. Thanks

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Hi Chira. There are lots of possibilities with longitudinal studies and the use of NVivo. Much depends on the nature of your data (e.g., interviews with the same people? multiple surveys?). Do you need to track the same people over time? Or simply communities or organizations, etc. I suggest getting specific about the nature of your data, then following Stacy's suggestions to find some similar examples in the literature. Here's an older study that I worked on - it may provide some ideas to get you started. Hope that helps!  

Meadows, L. M., et al. "The importance of communication in secondary fragility fracture treatment and prevention." Osteoporosis international 18.2 (2007): 159-166.




We report on a Canadian longitudinal qualitative case study of midlife women with fragility fractures, their treating orthopaedic surgeons and family physicians.


Women and their treating physicians were followed for an average of one year post fracture to investigate the health outcomes and what, if any, follow-up occurred aimed at secondary fracture prevention. The final dataset includes 223 interviews gathered from women aged 40 to 65 with fragility fractures, orthopaedic surgeons and family physicians.


The circle of care for those with fragility fractures is disrupted at vital communication junctures: (1) the inconsistent flow of information between acute care institutions and family physicians; (2) unidirectional and inconsistent communication from orthopaedic surgeons to family physicians; and (3) competing demands of the cast clinic environment and patient expectations. It is not the lack of will that is undermining the consistent and detailed communication among patients, physicians and institutions. It is the episodic nature of fracture care that makes communication among involved parties difficult, if not impossible.


Communication about events, acuity and clear expectations around roles and follow-up is urgently needed to improve communication throughout the circle of care to support secondary fracture prevention. Fractures from a standing height or similar trauma in women aged 40 to 65 should be treated as suspicious fractures and followed-up to investigate the underlying bone condition. This article reports on challenges and barriers to clear communication among women, their orthopaedic surgeons and family physicians that is necessary for follow-up and prevention of future fractures.

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