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Critical Appraisal Framework

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The a sampling technique was adopted. It included 38 participants including 18 community pharmacists, 10 hospitals and 10 others (containing primary care trusts, senior management positions, and academia). The pharmacists were chosen from a variety of geographical locations, different ages, gender, experiences, employment statuses, and ethnicities.

The participants were selected via a snowballing process. It begins with contacts of the project team and was taken forward through referrals both from participants and associated institutional gatekeepers.

The interviews were recorded and transcribed. The principles of grounded theory informed the analytical process. The analytical process involved the summarising, categorizing and linking of a significant collection of data (open coding) which was then merged into larger sets (axial codes).

A process was run of constant comparision was used within and across interviews and both open and axial codes were revised frequently. The paper presented data analysis followed by a discussion. steps that were taken to ensure the validity and reliability of the work. The first nine transcripts were read and analyzed by all the authors. The emerging analysis was presented to the pharmacy audience and feedback was taken to rives. The data was corrected and refined according to analytical categories.

To understand the values of pharmacy practitioners it is important for the data to come directly or indirectly from the pharmacists. The method used is a purposive sampling so that the&nbsp.pharmacists interviewed reflects something that is indicative of the variety of roles and persons practised by them within the UK.