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Table 3 Phases of thematic analysis taken from Braun & Clarke (2006)

From: Transition to adult mental health services for young people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): a qualitative analysis of their experiences

Phase No. Phase Description
1 Familiarising yourself with your data: Transcribing data (if necessary), reading and rereading the data, noting down initial ideas.
2 Generating initial codes: Coding interesting features of the data in a systematic fashion across the entire data set, collating data relevant to each code
3 Searching for themes: Collating codes into potential themes, gathering all data relevant to each potential theme
4 Reviewing themes: Checking in the themes work in relation to the coded extracts (Level 1) and the entire data set (Level 2), generating a thematic ‘map’ of the analysis.
5 Defining and naming themes: Ongoing analysis to refine the specifics of each theme, and the overall story the analysis tells; generating clear definitions and names for each theme.