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While the epistemological and ethical aspects of qualitative secondary analysis have received increasing attention in the literature, there has been relatively little work on the practicalities of re-using qualitative data. Consequently researchers who have carried out secondary studies have not had a great deal of information on the ‘doing’ of qualitative secondary analysis to guide them. In this chapter, I draw on reports ...