Aide-memoire diaries in longitudinal research

Denham, Sara, Taylor, Ruth and Humphrey, Tracy (2017) Aide-memoire diaries in longitudinal research. Nurse Researcher, 25 (2). pp. 30-33. ISSN 2047-8992

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Background: Diaries can be used as contemporaneous tools for gathering data, frequently in combination with interviews. However, diaries can also be used by study participants as personal records to improve their recall during interviews, without having to be collected for analysis. Aim: To discuss the use of diaries as aide-memoires by participants in a study exploring women’s views and experiences of the quality of maternity care they received in community maternity units in Scotland. Discussion: The use of aide-memoire diaries was an effective way to enhance the quality of data collected during interviews. Conclusion: This use of diaries would help longitudinal research in different contexts, including long-term care, as an aide-memoire to help participants recall their experiences throughout their care. Implications for practice: Aide-memoire diaries provide a private platform for contemporaneously and honestly recording participants’ reflective accounts throughout their experiences of care.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: data collection, diary, experiences, interview, longitudinal, maternity care, qualitative
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Professor Ruth Taylor
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 15:29
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:58

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