With the burgeoning use of qualitative methods in health research, criteria for judging their value become increasingly necessary. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) is a distinctive approach to conducting qualitative research being used with increasing frequency in published studies. A systematic literature review was undertaken to identify published papers in the area of health psychology employing IPA. A total of 52 articles are reviewed here in terms of the following: methods of data collection, sampling, assessing wider applicability of research and adherence to the theoretical foundations and procedures of IPA. IPA seems applicable and useful in a wide variety of research topics. The lack of attention sometimes afforded to the interpretative facet of the approach is discussed.
|Title of host publication||Qualitative Research in Psychology|
|Publisher||SAGE Publications Ltd|
|Volume||Volume 3: Methodologies 1: From Experiental to Constructionist Approaches|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2014|
|Name||Sage Benchmarks in Psychology|
Brooks, J., & Wearden, A. (2014). A critical evaluation of the use of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) in health psychology. In B. Gough (Ed.), Qualitative Research in Psychology (Vol. Volume 3: Methodologies 1: From Experiental to Constructionist Approaches). (Sage Benchmarks in Psychology). SAGE Publications Ltd.