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Video-Conference Interviews: Ethical and Methodological Concerns in the Context of Health Research

Brown, N; (2018) Video-Conference Interviews: Ethical and Methodological Concerns in the Context of Health Research. SAGE Research Methods 10.4135/9781526441812. Green open access

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Abstract

Qualitative research heavily relies on interviews, which are commonly recorded in video and/or audio streams. This case study explores the use of Skype as a tool for interviewing. I draw on my research into the lived experience of patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a complex and contested condition, is difficult to diagnose, typically varies in its symptoms, and is extremely unpredictable in nature. As research participants come from all over the world and obviously suffer with their health, I had always planned on carrying out Skype interviews. In this case study, I not only outline the benefits of using Skype but also discuss practical, ethical, and methodological pitfalls and concerns. In conclusion, Skype can be a very helpful tool, but requires careful planning and a strong reflexive position on the part of the researcher.

Type: Article
Title: Video-Conference Interviews: Ethical and Methodological Concerns in the Context of Health Research
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4135/9781526441812
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526441812
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Arts and Sciences (BASc)
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10038359
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