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It is important to note that it is that things have changed over time order 40 mg prednisolone visa, not that the measure is unreliable. Furthermore, even observations that are collected within the same time period are “rarely identical... For example, the words used by these informants often varied; however, they remained thematically and theoretically consistent. For instance, although one informant might have talked about the inner self, and another about the higher self, they were both describing how they tap into their spiritual power to heal themselves. The reliability of this study was also enhanced through the constant comparison of a series of interviews, where each interview served to validate or refine the conclusions drawn from data collected in the others (Trow 1970); as well as through the use of field notes and analytic notes which allowed me to track the emergence of themes and patterns in the data. I take a grounded theory approach in this research, meaning that rather than beginning with theoretical assumptions and then seeking data that conform to them, theory emerges through the process of empirical research (Corbin and Strauss 1990; Glaser and Strauss 1967). In addition, grounded theory analysis assumes that data analysis is ongoing through- out the research process, from recruitment and data collection through to theoretical sampling of the literature and final writing-up of the findings (Strauss and Corbin 1990). I analysed the data for this research using the technique of open coding, which is “the process of breaking down, examining, comparing, conceptualizing, and categorizing data” (Strauss and Corbin 1990:61). By making comparisons within and asking questions about the data, emergent patterns are noted that in turn contribute to theory- building (Glaser and Strauss 1967; Strauss and Corbin 1990). For example, 8 | Using Alternative Therapies: A Qualitative Analysis the alternative model of health these informants espouse rests on the notion of holism, which for them is the unity of body, mind, and spirit. Thus, holism emerged as an overarching theme in the analysis (see Figure 0. Through the process of comparative coding, the categories of balance and control emerged within the theme of holism and were broken down into several concepts and sub-concepts. For instance, the analytic category of balance contains two concepts: balance in the body and balance in the self. These concepts were further broken down into several sub-concepts based on convergences and divergences between informants’ beliefs about how unity of mind, body, and spirit is achieved through balance. Thus the concept of balance in the body expanded to include the sub-concepts of balancing physiological systems and balancing bodily energy, both of which are related to the sub-concept of listening to the body. Balance in the self includes the sub-concept of being grounded or centred.

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