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Fam Pract. 2000 Oct;17(5):422-7.

Using video-recorded consultations for research in primary care: advantages and limitations.

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Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Leicester, Leicester General Hospital, Gwendolen Road, Leicester LE5 4PW, UK.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Video-recording primary care consultations is an established technique for primary care research. Despite the widespread use of video-recording to help answer a variety of research questions, little is known about how this recording technique influences the findings of studies in which it is employed.

OBJECTIVE:

This article investigates how video-recorded consultations have been used in research and discusses how this technique may influence both the internal and external validity of studies.

CONCLUSION:

Using video-recorded consultations for research purposes may cause bias in the characteristics of doctors and patients who agree to participate in research. There is little evidence, however, that video-recording influences the behaviour of either GPs or patients. Recommendations are made for researchers who are considering using video-recorded consultations in their research.

PMID:
11021903
DOI:
10.1093/fampra/17.5.422
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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