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Table 5 Focus group analysis plan

From: A longitudinal study of tobacco use among American Indian and Alaska Native tribal college students

Role Qualifications Responsibilities
Primary Coder • Formally trained in qualitative methods
• Member of the research team who is not a community member
• Did not take part in the focus groups
• Leads coding meetings
• Responsible for code book upkeep
• Responsible for formal drafting of initial themes and sub-themes
• Participates in all coder activities described below
Secondary Coder • Formally trained in qualitative methods
• Member of the research team who is also a community member
• Lead at least some of the focus groups
• Responsible for identification of representative quotes
• Responsible for review of themes and sub-themes prior to sending to reviewers
• Participates in all coder activities described below
Tertiary Coder • Formally trained in qualitative methods
• Member of the research team (can be a community member or not)
• May or may not have taken part in the focus groups
• Participates in all coder activities described below
Emic Reviewer • Formally trained in qualitative methods
• Member of the research team who is a community member
• Did not take part in the focus groups
• Makes final determination on representative quotes
• Works with etic reviewer to finalize all themes and sub-themes
Etic Reviewer • Formally trained in qualitative methods
• Member of the research team who is not a community member
• Did not take part in the focus groups
• Leads overall analysis
• Works with emic reviewer to finalize all themes and sub-themes
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