Brunel University Research Archive (BURA) >
Schools >
School of Health Sciences and Social Care >
School of Health Sciences and Social Care Research Papers >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/4580

Title: Using interpretative phenomenological analysis to inform physiotherapy practice: An introduction with reference to the lived experience of cerebellar ataxia
Authors: Cassidy, E
Reynolds, F
Naylor, S
De Souza, LH
Publication Date: 2010
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Citation: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, Available Early Online
Abstract: Qualitative research methods that focus on the lived experience of people with health conditions are relatively underutilised in physiotherapy research. This article aims to introduce interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), a research methodology oriented toward exploring and understanding the experience of a particular phenomenon (e.g., living with spinal cord injury or chronic pain, or being the carer of someone with a particular health condition). Researchers using IPA try to find out how people make sense of their experiences and the meanings they attach to them. The findings from IPA research are highly nuanced and offer a fine grained understanding that can be used to contextualise existing quantitative research, to inform understanding of novel or underresearched topics or, in their own right, to provoke a reappraisal of what is considered known about a specified phenomenon. We advocate IPA as a useful and accessible approach to qualitative research that can be used in the clinical setting to inform physiotherapy practice and the development of services from the perspective of individuals with particular health conditions.
Description: The attached file is a pre-published version of the full and final paper which can be found at the link below.
Sponsorship: This article is available through the Brunel Open Access Publishing Fund.
URI: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/09593985.2010.488278
http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/4580
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09593985.2010.488278
ISSN: 0959-3985
Appears in Collections:Health
School of Health Sciences and Social Care Research Papers
Brunel OA Publishing Fund

Files in This Item:

File Description SizeFormat
Fulltext.pdf131.89 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in BURA are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

 


Library (c) Brunel University.    Powered By: DSpace
Send us your
Feedback. Last Updated: September 14, 2010.
Managed by:
Hassan Bhuiyan