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Table 4 Example of thematic analysis

From: Applying a new concept of embedding qualitative research: an example from a quantitative study of carers of people in later stage dementia

Step 1: Standardised question Are they (formal support services) reliable or are there sometimes lapses or are they only reliable at certain times?
Step 2: Participant response: “We don’t have people on a Saturday and a Sunday because it … it was very hit and miss … I didn’t particularly want to get up at seven o’clock on a Saturday morning … … they caught me a couple of times halfway through a shower, which is horrible … There was one weekend when we waited for them to come and at half past 11 they hadn’t come so I said, forget it … So, … We get up on a Saturday now when we want to, well We … have breakfast in dressing gowns, sit and read the paper and then when I feel like it … go and shower … but why not!? We’re retired”
Step 3: Thematic analysis process Summary i)Broad descriptive code ii)Concepts/sub themes iii)Themes
Step 3: Thematic analysis of data from summary to theme Unreliability of weekend service leading to feeling out of control in own home. Cancelled service to regain this. Formal service - domiciliary care (negative) Formal service insensitive to circumstances.
Control over home life at a cost
Maintaining normality Retaining agency