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Applying the Pictor technique to research interviews with people affected by advanced disease

Hardy, Beth, King, Nigel and Firth, Jan (2012) Applying the Pictor technique to research interviews with people affected by advanced disease. Nurse Researcher, 20 (1). ISSN 1351-5578

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Abstract

Aim
To outline some of the challenges facing people affected by advanced disease who want to participate in research interviews, and to present Pictor, a method that can help manage some of these challenges.
Background
Patients and lay-carers may have many issues that affect their ability to participate in qualitative research interviews. These issues can include the physical effects of disease, its treatments and emotional distress.
Data source
An ongoing study exploring experiences of advanced disease when multiple agencies are involved.
Review methods
The Pictor technique involves the creation of a chart that supports the exploration of the participant’s experience of roles and relationships. The technique has previously been used with health professionals and this paper reports on its use with lay-participants.
Discussion
The technique accommodates some disease-related difficulties which helped people with advanced disease to reflect on their experiences of primary care service provision. Participants then communicated these experiences with the researcher.
Conclusion
Pictor is a tool that can help manage some of the difficulties experienced by people with advanced disease who are participating in research interviews. This has benefits for researchers and participants.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2012 09:31
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2012 15:11
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/15243

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