Qualitative health research via the Internet: Practical and methodological issues

Craig D. Murray, Judith Sixsmith

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    Abstract

    Electronic mail (email) has become a ubiquitous form of global communication. Much of this discourse concerns the experience of health and illness. As it is stored and accessible via the Internet, it is then available for qualitative analysis by health researchers. In particular, researchers can employ document analysis methods using Internet communication such as email posts and archives. This paper outlines ways in which such research could proceed, including locating potential research sites and collecting and analysing data. In addition, the advantages and disadvantages of using documentary analysis of Internet communication in qualitative health research are explored.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)47-53
    Number of pages7
    JournalHealth Informatics Journal
    Volume8
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2002

    Keywords

    • documents
    • Email
    • health
    • qualitative research

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