evidence and practice
Strategies for using non-participatory video research methods in general practice
Sharon James PhD candidate, University of Wollongong, Bega, New South Wales, Australia
Jane Desborough Senior research fellow, Australian National University, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Susan McInnes Lecturer, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Elizabeth Halcomb Professor of primary health care nursing, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Background Non-participatory video research is useful for observing and analysing interactions between clinicians, patients and technology. However, few clinical nursing studies have used non-participatory video observation and there is limited literature describing the approach.
Aim To describe a study that used non-participatory video observation in general practice.
Discussion The authors’ experience of non-participatory video research methods indicates that the acceptability of the technique, workplace organisation and consultation space have implications for preparation and data collection. Strategies for success include engaging stakeholders early on, obtaining contextual knowledge and piloting the approach.
Conclusion Non-participatory video observation is valuable in understanding interactions between nurses and patients in a naturalistic setting. Careful planning is essential to ensure alignment between research aims, context and technology. The methods for analysing data must be chosen carefully to ensure the research question is answered.
Implications for practice Video observation provides rich data. Careful planning and engagement of participants is required for successful conduct of studies that use the technique.
Nurse Researcher. 27, 2, 32-37. doi: 10.7748/nr.2019.e1667Peer review
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated softwareCorrespondence
James S, Desborough J, McInnes S et al (2019) Strategies for using non-participatory video research methods in general practice. Nurse Researcher. doi: 10.7748/nr.2019.e1667Acknowledgement
The authors would like to thank Christine Ashley for her contribution to the data analysis