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Fam Pract. 1996 Feb;13(1):92-7.

The key informant technique.

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  • 1Institute of General Practice, Postgraduate Medical School, University of Exeter, UK.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:

This article considers the role of the key informant technique as a qualitative research method and examines the potential contribution of the approach to health care research.

METHOD:

The principles underlying the technique and the advantages and disadvantages are considered, illustrated with examples from a range of social science studies.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:

An example of the author's own use of key informants in a study of the professional relationship between general practitioners and specialists is described.

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8671109
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