Portable MP3 players: innovative devices for recording qualitative interviews
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Portable MP3 players: innovative devices for recording qualitative interviews

Ritin S Fernandez Doctoral candidate and nurse manager, South Western Sydney Centre for Applied Nursing Research, Australia, New South Wales Centre for Evidence Based Health Care (a collaborating centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute)
Rhonda Griffiths Director, South Western Sydney Centre for Applied Nursing Research, Australia, professor of nursing, University of Western Sydney, and director, New South Wales Centre for Evidence Based Health Care

Digital technology has provided a new way of recording qualitative interviews, surpassing the clarity, usability and storage capabilities of conventional tape recorders. Ritin Fernandez and Rhonda Griffiths examine a technological resource that pervades modern social life and which can be used effectively for digitally recording interviews for qualitative research

Qualitative interviewing is a method of data collection that is widely used in health research, including nursing, allied health and social work (Wellard and McKenna 2001). While interviews have mainly been used to provide the whole or majority of the data needed in qualitative research (Patton 2002), interviews of an exploratory nature have also been conducted to determine suitable questions for the development of questionnaires (Polit and Beck 2004). With the increasing use of mixed methods research, qualitative interviews are now being used increasingly for data triangulation, to augment the comprehensiveness and validity of a single study and to obtain further information on interesting or unexpected findings (Patton 2002).

Nurse Researcher. 15, 1, 7-15. doi: 10.7748/nr2007.10.15.1.7.c6050

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