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Research can be difficult and confusing to manage. In any action, it is important to be prepared and organized, so that the data does not become overwhelming. Qualitative data is used to predict, control, describe, or explain data in order to improve nursing care (Polit & Beck, 2010, p. 77-80). This type of research is not only labor intensive, but it requires a lot of time and effort.
One way that a researcher can manage and organize data is by preparing for the study prior to starting it. It is important to set a realistic time frame, and develop ways of tracking information. Prior to the study, the population being assessed needs to be determined. Ensuring that questions are simple, so that a large variation does not occur. With more common data, it will be easier to organize findings. Another method that researchers is to determine how they will group the collected information. Some information can be grouped by individual, but it can also be grouped by question. Determining all of this information prior to starting the research will benefit the individual (CER, n.d.).
Polit, D. F., & Beck, C. T. (2010). Essentials of nursing research: Methods, appraisal, and utilization (7th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott.
Center for Evaluation and Research (CER). (n.d.). Tips & tools #19: Managing qualitative data. Retrieved from UC Davis website: http://programeval.ucdavis.edu/documents/Tips_Tools_19_2012.pdf.