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Author: Nabeel Al-Yateem
Date: July 2012
Journal: Nurse Researcher
Issue: Volume 19, Number 4
Keywords: Qualitative interview, participant, interview recording, data quality, data collection, data analysis methodological reflection
This article reflects the author’s experience of qualitative interviews during his research project. It attempts to highlight how recording interviews can affect data collection and data quality. While recording helps researchers keep accurate records of interviews, which in turn assists them during their data analysis, its effect on data quality has not been clarified in nursing literature. The research experience highlighted that interview participants, especially those involved in group interviews, were reluctant to give permission for recording and were less comfortable and more formal when being recorded. The preparation for, and how the interview is carried out, can either reduce or further accentuate the effect of interviewing and recording on the participant. Therefore, appropriate strategies to reduce the effects should be implemented. This article suggests strategies to minimise the effects of interviewing and recording of interviews on the participants and hence enhance the quality of data obtained.
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