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Quality of life research: a case for combining photo-elicitation with interpretative phenomenological analysis

Burton, Amy and Hughes, Melanie and Dempsey, Robert C (2017) Quality of life research: a case for combining photo-elicitation with interpretative phenomenological analysis. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 14 (4). pp. 375-393. ISSN 1478-0887

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In this paper we provide practical and theoretical discussion of the use of two complementary research methods to explore quality of life. We present a case example of the use of photo-elicitation alongside Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and use examples from our research with people living with paraplegia and chronic pain to demonstrate how these methods can be combined to provide a participant-led understanding of QoL. This discussion includes consideration of practical and ethical issues relevant to others wishing to combine these research methods. Furthermore, we highlight some of the potential practical and therapeutic opportunities provided by the approach through an illustration of how photographs work to enhance self-reflection and promote hermeneutic sense making.

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