Interpretative phenomenological analysis: a discussion and critique

Jan Pringle, John Drummond, Ella McLafferty, Charles Hendry

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The aim of this article is to examine the approach of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) and to add to discussions regarding the contribution that the approach can make to healthcare research. Interpretative phenomenological analysis is an approach to qualitative, experiential research that has been gaining in momentum and popularity over the past 10-15 years. The approach has its roots in psychology and recognises the central role of the analyst in understanding the experiences of participants. IPA involves a two-stage interpretation process whereby the researcher attempts to interpret how the participants make sense of their experience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-24
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Researcher
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


  • healthcare
  • interpretative phenomenological analysis
  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Health Psychology


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