Lessons learned from a team-based approach to developing a qualitative manuscript – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

Lessons learned from a team-based approach to developing a qualitative manuscript

Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Research Mentor(s): Sydney Fouche, Research Area Specialist/ACRU Unit Manager
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Department of Emergency Medicine Research-Acute Care Research Unit, Michigan Medicine
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 3 (1pm-1:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 12
Presenter: 8

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Title: Lessons learned from a team-based approach to developing a qualitative manuscript Background: In the research world the quantitative analysis team process has been studied for best practices greatly, whereas in qualitative research settings less has been done to create a procedural team-based regime from analyzing and developing qualitative manuscripts. Methods: By assessing a team-based approach to developing a manuscript from a thematic analysis of qualitative data pertaining to police role in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), specific lessons were pulled from the process to replicate in later team settings. A qualitative manuscript was developed by a team of 7 through 4 phases over a period of 1.5 months in a team-based remote setting. These phases were framing, drafting, revising, and polishing. All manuscript development meetings were analyzed for lessons learned in team based environments along with best practices with a hope to better inform qualitative research. A researcher attended all qualitative manuscript meetings and took notes.Three researchers then met to review notes and determine the best practices of team-based work in the realm of qualitative manuscript development. Results: In the framing phase, the team reviewed police role variation analysis and qualitative manuscript overview for correct data before working on creating a manuscript rough draft, resulting in varied overlaps between themes being discussed (i.e. police’s role in dispatch services). The drafting phase came after a researcher created the initial draft of the qualitative manuscript, resulting in the team working together synchronously to edit sentence structures along with coming to a consensus on police role themes to be focused on. The revising phase had the team working on reviewing manuscript edits since the last meeting while collaborating on how best to represent specific tables related to interpretations of police role variation across OHCA chain of survival. The polishing phase had the team working to present the manuscript as a fluid narrative by deliberating most efficient table constructions to be used to provide additional quotes to support claims. Conclusion: A team of 7 researchers worked in a period of 1.5 months to collaborate on the creation of a qualitative manuscript in regards to police role in OHCA response. The meetings and process was studied by a researcher to determine the best practices of teamwork. Open communication throughout the process along with synchronous weekly meetings played a large role in the successfulness of manuscript development. Joint opinions and open discussions furthered the qualitative data analysis in a way unable to be attained by an independent researcher due to excessive bias. This analysis was made with the hope to help future researchers in group settings learn the best teamwork practices of qualitative manuscript development process.

Authors: Alexis Smith, Stephen Dowker, Nasma Berri
Research Method: Data Collection and Analysis

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