Use of interviews in nursing research
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Use of interviews in nursing research

Gary Mitchell Dementia care adviser, Four Seasons Health Care, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Conducting interviews is one of the most common ways of collecting data in healthcare research. In particular, interviews are associated with qualitative research, where researchers seek to understand participants’ experiences through their own words and perspectives. This article will help healthcare researchers prepare to carry out interviews as part of their research. It will also emphasise important skills to consider during the interview process. Consideration will also be given to remedying interviews that do not go according to plan, as well as identifying appropriate debriefing processes post-interview. With this knowledge, healthcare researchers are more likely to conduct effective interviews that will yield better quality data and protect the participant.

Nursing Standard. 29, 43,44-48. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.43.44.e8905

Correspondence

Gary.Mitchell@fshc.co.uk

Peer review

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Received: 24 February 2014

Accepted: 12 March 2014