"It's no skin off my nose":Why people take part in qualitative research


In this article, the authors analyze participants' accounts of why they took part in a repeat-interview study exploring newly diagnosed patients' perceptions of diabetes service provision in Lothian, Scotland. The study involved three semistructured in-depth interviews with each patient (N = 40), which spanned a year. The authors provide a thematic discursive analysis of responses to the question, Can I ask you what made you decide to part in the study and why you've stayed involved over the past year? The main themes are (a) recruitment within health contexts ("the nurse said it would help"), (b) altruism ("if it can help somebody"), (c) qualitative research being seen as inherently innocuous ("nothing to lose"), and (d) therapeutic aspects of interviewing ("getting it off my chest"). The analysis contributes both to the qualitative literature about generic research participation and to a germinal literature exploring qualitative health research participation. © 2006 Sage Publications.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732306294511
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: diabetes,qualitative research,repeat interviews,research participation,Nursing(all),Health(social science),Health Professions(all)
Publication ISSN: 1552-7557
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2019 10:25
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2010 11:45
Full Text Link: http://qhr.sage ... ract/16/10/1335
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Published Date: 2006-12
Authors: Peel, Elizabeth A.
Parry, Odette
Douglas, Margaret
Lawton, Julia

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