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Table 1 Analytical steps in the Framework method

From: Signs, symptoms and diagnosis of necrotizing fasciitis experienced by survivors and family: a qualitative Nordic multi-center study

Analytical steps Our process of analysis
Familiarization All researchers read transcripts and listened to tape recordings to become familiar with the data.
Identification of a thematic framework Two researchers independently coded the first transcript before developing a tentative coding framework using a priori research questions and emergent issues. All researchers contributed feedback and adjustments.
Indexing The thematic framework was applied to each transcript and the texts were coded accordingly, e.g. signs and symptoms, etc.
Charting Matrixes were created for every key subject area. Data from each case and code were then charted within the themes.
Mapping and interpretation Each matrix was analyzed inductively and data were compared to detect similarities, differences and patterns.