Using Joint Interviews to Add Analytic Value.


Polak, L; Green, J; (2015) Using Joint Interviews to Add Analytic Value. Qualitative health research. ISSN 1049-7323 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732315580103

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Abstract

Joint interviewing has been frequently used in health research, and is the subject of a growing methodological literature. We review this literature, and build on it by drawing on a case study of how people make decisions about taking statins. This highlights two ways in which a dyadic approach to joint interviewing can add analytic value compared with individual interviewing. First, the analysis of interaction within joint interviews can help to explicate tacit knowledge and to illuminate the range of often hard-to-access resources that are drawn upon in making decisions. Second, joint interviews mitigate some of the weaknesses of interviewing as a method for studying practices; we offer a cautious defense of the often-tacit assumption that the "naturalness" of joint interviews strengthens their credibility as the basis for analytic inferences. We suggest that joint interviews are a particularly appropriate method for studying complex shared practices such as making health decisions.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
PubMed ID: 25850721
Web of Science ID: 382966000005
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2145778

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