Opportunities, challenges and learnings from qualitative research with stakeholders in frailty in three European countries

Gwyther, Holly and D’Avanzo, Barbara and Holland, Carol and Kurpas, Donata and Bujnowska-Fedak, Maria Magdalena and Shaw, Rachel L. (2019) Opportunities, challenges and learnings from qualitative research with stakeholders in frailty in three European countries. Qualitative Research in Psychology. ISSN 1478-0887

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The aims of this paper are to reflect upon the experiences of researchers involved in a cross-national qualitative study with stakeholders in three European countries (Italy, Poland and UK), within the context of the FOCUS project on frailty management and optimisation (see http://focus-aha.eu/en/home). Six researchers’ reflections were gathered using open-ended questions. Responses were thematically analysed. We report on our team diversity including cultural differences in epistemological stances and describe how working remotely challenged clear communication. We comment on linguistic issues, our data collection approaches and methods of analysis. However, we also reflect upon the ability of such projects to build knowledge, generate capacity and promote the value of qualitative research in healthcare across Europe. Finally, we advocate an approach to cross-national research that is as much about building a cohesive knowledge exchange network as it is about understanding the lives, perspectives and experiences of our stakeholders.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Qualitative Research in Psychology
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Qualitative Research in Psychology on 17/05/2019, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14780887.2019.1619212
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 133945
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 Jul 2019 15:25
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2020 05:37
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/133945

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