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Table 1 Type and quantity of data collected from 25 family practices using the rapid QUAL-qual method

From: Using qualitative mixed methods to study small health care organizations while maximising trustworthiness and authenticity

Data collected Count Comments
Qualitative   
Interviews with nurses 36 Mean, 41 minutes Explored life history, working roles, understanding of teamwork, experiences of a GP nurse, interactions with others, notions of quality practice
Interviews with doctors 24 Mean, 27 minutes Explored history of practice and working life within it, roles of nurses within the practice, views of potential nurse roles
Interviews with practice managers 22 Mean, 26.5 minutes Explored history of practice and working life within it, roles of nurses within the practice, views of potential nurse roles
Observation of nurse activity 34 nurses; 51 hours of observation 2 separate hour-long structured observation of a nurse’s activities
Photographs of nurse-identified important working sites 35 nurses; 205 photographs Photographs taken of important working sites identified by nurses within the Practice
Maps of practice layout 7 hand-drawn & 18 printed floor plans These plans located the nurse’s station and other key sites identified by nurses or observed by researcher
Field notes 25 Field notes taken by researcher after each visit
Quantitative   
Summary of staff numbers & working hours 25 Questionnaire filled out by practice manager
Social scan 25 Details collected for each practice included: RRMA classification, distance from nearest acute hospital and community based services, number of regional general practices, allied health service availability, population data, and regional SES indicators such as unemployment rates