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Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being. 2014 Apr 15;9:24152. doi: 10.3402/qhw.v9.24152. eCollection 2014.

Skype interviewing: the new generation of online synchronous interview in qualitative research.

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1
Student Research Committee, Department of Midwifery School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.
2
Evidence-Based Care Research Center, Department of Midwifery School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran; LatifnejadR@mums.ac.ir.
3
Health Sciences Research Center, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology School of Health, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

Abstract

The most commonly used method for data collection in qualitative research is interviewing. With technology changes over the last few decades, the online interview has overcome time and financial constraints, geographical dispersion, and physical mobility boundaries, which have adversely affected onsite interviews. Skype as a synchronous online service offers researchers the possibility of conducting individual interviews as well as small focus groups, comparable to onsite types. This commentary presents the characteristics of the Skype interview as an alternative or supplemental choice to investigators who want to change their conventional approach of interviewing.

KEYWORDS:

Interview; Skype; qualitative research; researcher

PMID:
24746247
PMCID:
PMC3991833
DOI:
10.3402/qhw.v9.24152
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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