Opportunities, challenges and learnings from qualitative research with stakeholders in frailty in three European countries


The aims of this paper are to reflect upon the experiences of researchers involved in a cross-national qualitative study with stakeholders in three European countries (Italy, Poland and UK), within the context of the FOCUS project on frailty management and optimisation (see http://focus-aha.eu/en/home). Six researchers’ reflections were gathered using open-ended questions. Responses were thematically analysed. We report on our team diversity including cultural differences in epistemological stances and describe how working remotely challenged clear communication. We comment on linguistic issues, our data collection approaches and methods of analysis. However, we also reflect upon the ability of such projects to build knowledge, generate capacity and promote the value of qualitative research in healthcare across Europe. Finally, we advocate an approach to cross-national research that is as much about building a cohesive knowledge exchange network as it is about understanding the lives, perspectives and experiences of our stakeholders.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2019.1619212
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Qualitative Research in Psychology on 17 May 2019, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14780887.2019.1619212
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychology(all)
Publication ISSN: 1478-0895
Last Modified: 06 May 2024 07:29
Date Deposited: 28 May 2019 09:27
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2019-05-17
Published Online Date: 2019-05-17
Accepted Date: 2019-05-11
Authors: Gwyther, Holly (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-2867-4184)
D’avanzo, Barbara
Holland, Carol
Kurpas, Donata
Bujnowska-fedak, Maria Magdalena
Shaw, Rachel L. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0438-7666)



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