Comparing Face-to-Face and Online Qualitative Research With People With Multiple Sclerosis

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Synnot, Anneliese, Hill, Sophie, Summers, Michael and Taylor, Michael. (2014) Comparing Face-to-Face and Online Qualitative Research With People With Multiple Sclerosis. Qualitative Health Research. 24(3), pp. 431 - 438. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732314523840
AuthorsSynnot, Anneliese, Hill, Sophie, Summers, Michael and Taylor, Michael
Abstract

We compared face-to-face focus groups and an online forum in qualitative research with people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and family members. Although the merits and challenges of online qualitative research have been considered by others, there is limited literature directly comparing these two data collection methods for people with disability or chronic illness. Twenty-seven people participated in one of four focus groups and 33 people took part in an online forum. Demographic and MS-related characteristics were similar between the two groups, with a slight nonsignificant trend toward nonmetropolitan residence in online forum participants. There was a high level of overlap in the themes generated between groups. Participant responses in the online forum were more succinct and on-topic, yet in the focus groups interaction was greater. Online qualitative research methods can facilitate research participation for people with chronic illness or disability, yielding generally comparable information to that gathered via face-to-face methods.

Keywordsdisability / disabled persons; focus groups; multiple sclerosis (MS); online research; qualitative research
Year2014
JournalQualitative Health Research
Journal citation24 (3), pp. 431 - 438
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732314523840
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84896777285
Page range431 - 438
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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