Interviews


Interviews

Interviews can be conducted on an individual basis or in a small group setting. Questions, or the focus of the discussions are usually semi-structured, or structured, and designed for a specific purpose— to help inform a decision around a certain stage of the research process (whether it be the research question, design, data collection approach, outcomes measures, interpretation of findings, or dissemination of findings).

 

Interviews can be useful for:

  • Building patient/public/community relationships and partnerships.
  • Gaining deeper insight into individual perspectives.
  • Bringing to light unique solutions and ideas to decision-making around the research process, which may have never been considered by researchers.
  • Explorative inquiry and answering open-ended questions that can delve into the experiential knowledge of patients/public/communities, and in turn inform research decision-making.