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Are verbatim transcripts necessary in applied qualitative research: experiences from two community-based intervention trials in Ghana

Hill, Zelee; Tawiah-Agyemang, Charlotte; Kirkwood, Betty; Kendall, Carl; (2022) Are verbatim transcripts necessary in applied qualitative research: experiences from two community-based intervention trials in Ghana. Emerging Themes in Epidemiology , 19 (1) , Article 5. 10.1186/s12982-022-00115-w. Green open access

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Abstract

Conducting qualitative research within public health trials requires balancing timely data collection with the need to maintain data quality. Verbatim transcription of interviews is the conventional way of recording qualitative data, but is time consuming and can severely delay the availability of research findings. Expanding field notes into fair notes is a quicker alternative method, but is not usually recommended as interviewers select and interpret what they record. We used the fair note methodology in Ghana, and found that where research questions are relatively simple, and interviewers undergo sufficient training and supervision, fair notes can decrease data collection and analysis time, while still providing detailed and relevant information to the study team. Interviewers liked the method and felt it made them more reflective and analytical and improved their interview technique. The exception was focus group discussions, where the fair note approach failed to capture the interaction and richness of discussions, capturing group consensus rather than the discussions leading to this consensus.

Type: Article
Title: Are verbatim transcripts necessary in applied qualitative research: experiences from two community-based intervention trials in Ghana
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/s12982-022-00115-w
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12982-022-00115-w
Language: English
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Keywords: Africa, Field notes, Ghana, Maternal and child health, Methodology, Qualitative research, Transcription
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10151980
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