The Mixed Methods project used both survey and interview techniques to extrapolate data from both groups of participants (acupuncturists and generalists). The research aimed to assess and define current practice in order to develop effective strategies for liaison between the two groups. Tools and strategies enable clinical utility and transferability to other similar clinical groups. Ethical approval for this study was obtained by the University of Otago Ethics Committee, and in addition, the Ngai Tahu Research Consultation Committee approved the research and deemed it important for the health of Maori. The criterion is the frequency with which the code appears in the document; specifically, the frequency of code assignment. The description of the analysis is part of the philosophical point of view of critical realism and pragmatism, which gives depth to the application of these methods in previous discussions [2, 7]. The clear description of the encoding and reliability tests used in this analysis will support replication and support researchers and PhD students wishing to be rigorous in similar studies. The system checks whether the two encoders “match”, i.e. whether they correspond to individual segments in their coding. This option is the most advanced of the three and the most frequently used for qualitative coding. A percentage can be set to determine when two coded segments are considered concordant. Results: First, an encoding scheme was developed with a complete inductive and deductive approach.