Understanding hospital meal experiences by means of participant-driven-photo-elicitation

Lise Justesen, Bent Egberg Mikkelsen, Szilvia Gyimóthy

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    A patients’ hospital meal experiences can be complex and often difficult to capture using traditional
    methods. This study investigated patients’ hospital meal experiences using participant-driven-photoelicitation
    (PDPE). PDPE invites respondents to photograph their daily lives and combines this with interviews,
    which can provide deeper insight into multisensory experiences beyond verbal or written discourse.
    The sample consisted of eight hospitalised patients. Patients completed a photo-essay of their
    hospital meal experience during a single day at a Danish hospital and afterwards participated in an
    open-ended interview. Two inductive analytical approaches were selected to assess the patients’ reflections
    on their hospital meal experiences. First, the interview transcripts were analysed using the Semiotic
    Analysis approach using qualitative data analysis software NVivo 9. Second, the 91 produced photographs
    and the participants’ engagement with the photographs were analysed by means of a Reflexive Content
    Analysis. The study found that PDPE is a research method that can be used for expanding the conceptualisation
    of hospital meal experiences, revealing the significance of the meal context, materiality and
    memories beyond food per se.
    Udgave nummer10
    Sider (fra-til)30-39
    Antal sider10
    StatusUdgivet - 24 dec. 2013


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