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Undertaking Sensitive Interviews: a Researcher’s Experience of Interviewing Bereaved Parents and Family GPs

Neilson, Susan and Clifford, C. (2011) Undertaking Sensitive Interviews: a Researcher’s Experience of Interviewing Bereaved Parents and Family GPs. In: Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom: The 2011 International Nursing Research Conference, 16th - 18th May 2011, Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate, North Yorkshire. (Unpublished)

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The presentation describes the researcher’s experience of undertaking sensitive interviews.
The interviews form part of a current study that is examining bereaved parents’ experience of caring for their child at home as well as the experience of their GP. This study builds on earlier work that found general practitioners (GPs) were at times uncertain of their role in paediatric palliative care and questioned whether their involvement had been beneficial to the child and family. The rarity of childhood cancer deaths makes it difficult for GPs to develop or maintain palliative care knowledge and skills yet the GP is perceived as the gatekeeper for care within the community.
Presentation aim
To describe the process of both the preparation for, and undertaking of, sensitive interviews.
Study methodology
The methodology incorporates tape-recorded semi-structured interviews, thematic framework analysis and Q methodology (QM). QM will be used to capture the experiences of GPs who have cared for a child with cancer receiving palliative care as well the perspectives of care experienced by the families. The semi-structured interview sample comprises 10 families (parents/guardians) whose child has been treated at a regional childhood cancer centre and their GPs. A further 40-60 GPs will be involved in the QM.
The preparation for these interviews will be discussed and compared to the supportive bereavement visits undertaken within the researcher’s role as a paediatric Macmillan nurse. The experience of undertaking the interviews will be exemplified with findings from the initial and the current, study.
Papers’ contribution
The researcher’s experience of preparing for and undertaking sensitive interviews may prove beneficial to other researchers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: sensitive interviews, palliative care, children, cancer, GPs, bereaved families
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Susan Neilson
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2016 11:19
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:12

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