Qualitative interviews in medical research.

TitleQualitative interviews in medical research.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsBritten N
JournalBMJ (Clinical research ed.)
Volume311
Issue6999
Pagination251-3
Date Published1995 Jul 22
ISSN0959-8138
KeywordsHealth Services Research; Humans; Interviews as Topic; Surveys and Questionnaires
Abstract

Much qualitative research is interview based, and this paper provides an outline of qualitative interview techniques and their application in medical settings. It explains the rationale for these techniques and shows how they can be used to research kinds of questions that are different from those dealt with by quantitative methods. Different types of qualitative interviews are described, and the way in which they differ from clinical consultations is emphasised. Practical guidance for conducting such interviews is given.

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