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Title Interview Techniques in Health and Care Research
Course number 2520
Programme Vårdvetenskap (PUF-V)
Language English
Credits 4.0
Date 2020-09-23 -- 2020-10-20
Responsible KI department Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The course aims to provide course participants with a broad understanding for a research interview; i.e. planning and conducting a research interview within a research program. In addition the participants will be enabled to gain an increased understanding and a professional attitude of the researcher as an instrument for data collection which can be applied and potentially enhance the quality of data in future research interviews.
Intended learning outcomes After the course the student is expected to be able to
(a) Identify and understand the content of a research interview.
(b) Demonstrate and master necessary interview tools in order to,
(c) Independently, analyze and adapt this knowledge and practical skills in order to compose a research interview; i.e. planning, designing, carrying out and critically evaluating the interview.
(d) Communicate and give feedback to other students' research interviews

Contents of the course a. different perspectives and knowledge for conducting interviews
b. the role of empathy in interview communication
c. the researcher´s role as an instrument in data collection
d. intersubjectivity, biases and ethical considerations of research interviewing
e. how to plan an interview guide
f. how to formulate questions
g. how to conduct an interview with respect for culture and vulnerable groups

Teaching and learning activities The course will be offered part-time, usually full Days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1-2 days weekly including lectures, video demonstrations covering various interviews and interview techniques, interview technique training seminars in small groups, supervision seminars (interview guides) with literature discussions and self-monitored studies and practice.
Since interview training is a process - which requires testing in vivo, improvements, reflection between training - the course covers approximately a 5-week period.


Compulsory elements The education will be compulsory scheduled all through the course. If the student is unable to be present he/she has to consult the course leader/examiner for adequate opportunities to recover missed hours (usually in the form of written assignments, except for practical training and examination with the video-taped interviews).
Examination Examination will consist of an interview guide and of an individually taped documentation of an interview with a research subject in the own research field presented in the course group. In addition the course participant will critically analyze a fello student's video-taped interview. The presentation will furthermore be within a theoretical frame of reference including the course literature, discussing interviews, interview techniques, potential biases challenging the quality of the interview responses. The reason behind choosing this kind of examination is that it has been proven to give earlier interview student-groups valuable learning experiences which immediately can be applied in the respective research area.
Literature and other teaching material Note: Mandatory course literature:
1. Bäärnhielm, S., Edlund, A-S., Ioannou, M., & Dahlin, M. (2014). Approaching the vulnerability of refugees: Evaluation of cross-cultural psychiatric training of staff in mental health care and refugee reception in Sweden. BioMed Central Medical Education, 14 (207), 1-10 (10pp.).
2. Chunnu-Brayda, W., & Boyce T. D. (2014). So you really want to interview me?: Navigating ""sensitive"" qualitative research interviewing. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 13, 318-334. (17pp.)
3. Cutcliffe, J. R., & McKenna, H. P. (2002). When do we know what we know? Considering the truth of research findings and the craft of qualitative research. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 39, 611-618. (8pp.)
4. Dahlin Ivanoff, S., & Hultberg, J. (2006). Understanding the multiple realities of everyday life: Basic assumptions in focus-group methodology. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 13, 125-132. (8pp.)
5. Hand, H. (2003). The mentor´s tale: a reflexive account of semi-structured interviews. Nurse Research, 10, 15-27. (13pp.)
6. Kitzinger, J. (1994). The methodology of focus groups: the importance of interaction between research and participants. Sociology of Health and Illness, 16, 103-121 (19pp.)
7. Kvale, S., & Brinkmann, S. (2008). (2nd. Ed.). InterViews. Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing. Thousands Oaks, CAL: Sage. (354pp.)
8. Montesinos, A. H., Aichberger, M. C., Temur-Erman, S., Bromand, Z., Heinz, A., & Schouler-Ocak, M. (2019). Explanatory models of suicidality among women of Turkish descent in Germany: A focus group study. Transcultural Psychiatry, 56 (1), 48-75 (26pp.).
9. Owen, S. (2001). The practical, methodological and ethical dilemmas of conducting focus groups with vulnerable clients. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 36, 652-658. (7pp.)
10. Price, B. (2002). Laddered questions and qualitative data research interviews. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 37, 273-281. (9pp.)


Number of students 8 - 12
Selection of students Priority is given: (a) to doctorate students in the Research School for Health and Care Research (Vårdvetenskap PUF-V) (b) KI-doctorate students (or students who are in the process to be accepted as doctorate students) who are working in areas where research interviews will be applied c) doctorate students from other universities
More information Since several students do not have Swedish as their first language, the course will be held in English. Course days are between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays - except for the examination days which are Monday and Tuesday. The course dates are as follows: September 23, September 24, September 30, October 8, October 19, October 20. There is one week during the course allowing the student for self-studies and conducting a recorded examination interview which will be presented in class.
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Course responsible Gunnel Backenroth
Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap

Gunnel.Backenroth@ki.se
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