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Using Participatory Visual Methods in Aged Care: The Methodological, Logistical, and Ethical Considerations for Qualitative Research Practice

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By: Geraldine Donoghue, Evonne Miller & Laurie Buys Published: 2017 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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Abstract

In this case study, we provide a methodological reflection on the use of participatory visual research methods utilized in our longitudinal qualitative research study tracking the lived experience of 20 new aged-care residents. Our phenomenological approach was aided by a number of qualitative methods, including the following: in-depth semi-structured and informal interviews, field observations, poetic inquiry, visual diaries, and photovoice. When woven together, the methods provide rich insight into the everyday lives of older people learning a new life in the uniquely communal environment of an aged-care home. Of course, although using visual methods provides significant potential for better understanding the ways in which people experience everyday phenomenon, their use also requires the researcher to engage with a number of key methodological, logistical, and ethical ...

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