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Using joint interviews in a narrative-based study on illness experiences

Sakellariou, Dikaios, Boniface, Gail and Brown, Paul 2013. Using joint interviews in a narrative-based study on illness experiences. Qualitative Health Research 23 (11) , pp. 1563-1570. 10.1177/1049732313508014

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Researchers increasingly recognize the usefulness of using joint interviews in research on illness experiences. However, there is limited discussion of joint interviews as a data collection method and of the factors that influence the choice to conduct individual or joint interviews. Although there are several advantages and disadvantages of both methods, the reasons that underpin the choice to use joint interviews are often not discussed in detail in the literature. Drawing from a narrative-based study on the experiences of living with motor neuron disease, we present joint interviews as a method sensitive both to the shared experience of illness and to the multiple perspectives around illness. Using interview excerpts, we discuss how through the use of joint interviews researchers can explore the intersubjective and heteroglossic nature of illness experiences. We argue that using joint interviews can offer valuable information about how couples co-construct meaning and share experiences.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1049-7323
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2021 19:22

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