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“Found” Data: Qualitative Content Analysis of Medical Examiner Records to Explore the Context of Infant Injury Deaths

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By: Martine Hackett & Tracy Chu Published: 2017 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
Methods: Content analysis
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Abstract

This case study provides an account of a content analysis of medical examiner records that arose from an epidemiological study of sleep-related infant injury deaths in New York City. In examining the records, which included standardized forms, memos, and handwritten notes based on interviews with caregivers, health care personnel, and social service workers, we discovered that in cases where infants were put to sleep on an unsafe sleep surface, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner personnel conducting the investigation often noted a crib or bassinet present in the home. The following research question arose: Why would a caregiver opt not to use the crib or bassinet that was available to them? This question dovetailed with reports of poor living conditions by staff dispatched by ...

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