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Table 2 Characteristics of the papers by publication period

From: An increasing number of qualitative research papers in oncology and palliative care: does it mean a thorough development of the methodology of research?

  Publication year
  before 01.01.1999 after 01.01.1999 total
  N = 160 N = 191 N = 351
  % % %
Kind of journal    
   medical 23 30 27
   nursing 43 29 35
   psychological 7 12 10
   bioethical or social science 4 4 4
   public health 11 13 12
   multidisciplinary 12 12 12
Paper type    
   original article 91 88 89
   methodological paper 4 7 6
   review 4 5 4
   not evaluable 1 0 1
Sample size*    
   <15 19 24 22
   15–50 26 22 24
   >50 38 40 39
   Not specified 17 14 15
Declared methodological approach*    
   phenomenological 8 2 5
   grounded theory 10 10 10
   anthropological 1 1 1
   ethnographic 4 3 4
   Other 4 4 4
   Not specified 73 80 76
Data gathering method*    
   observation 1 2 2
   interview 65 55 59
   focus group 8 12 11
   narrative 3 1 2
   multiple method 4 12 8
   Not specified 12 15 14
Typology of subjects involved*    
   Cancer patients 46 49 48
   Family 15 18 17
   Nurse 13 3 7
   General population 11 10 11
   Other health care workers 9 11 10
   Miscellanea 5 6 6
   Not evaluable 1 3 5
Main theme considered*    
   Illness experience 17 22 20
   Information/communication 13 17 15
   Cancer prevention 12 10 11
   End of life 9 11 10
   Psychological aspects 9 5 7
   Nursing practice 7 1 4
   Palliative care 6 14 10
   Cultural aspects and attitudes 5 2 3
   Pain 5 3 3
   Fatigue 3 2 2
   Coping style 3 5 4
   Quality of life 3 2 3
   Needs assessment/satisfaction 1 4 2
   Miscellanea 5 1 3
   Not evaluable 2 3 2
  1. * Calculations performed only on original articles (total n = 314)