Using mobile phones, WhatsApp and phone interviews to explore how children's hospice nurses manage long-term relationships with parents: a feasibility pilot

Title

Using mobile phones, WhatsApp and phone interviews to explore how children's hospice nurses manage long-term relationships with parents: a feasibility pilot

Creator

Jane BM; Anstey S; Davies J; Dunn C; Jones A

Publisher

Nursing Research

Date

2022

Subject

Child; Humans; Pilot Projects; Covid-19; Parents; Cell Phone; data collection; interviews; methodology; research; research methods

Description

BACKGROUND: Mobile phones are familiar to most nurses, but the applications available for voice recording and transfer of audio files in research may not be. AIM: To provide an overview of a pilot study which trialled the use of mobile phones, WhatsApp and phone interviews as a safe and reliable means of collecting data. DISCUSSION: A pilot study was designed to test the use of: mobile phones as a safe and reliable way to record audio diaries as research data; WhatsApp to transmit the audio files; and phone interviews to explore them. Undertaking the pilot demonstrated that the tools proposed for collecting data were useable and acceptable to the target population and that the researcher's guidance for doing so was satisfactory. CONCLUSION: New technologies enable innovation but trialling them for useability is important. Confidentiality and consent need to be carefully managed when using WhatsApp to ensure a study is compliant with data protection regulations. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Collection of research data digitally and remotely has become increasingly mainstream and relied on during the COVID 19 pandemic. The methods discussed in this article provide solutions for timely data collection that are particularly useful when the researcher is geographically distant from participants. The 'in the moment' reflective nature of the audio diaries could also be applicable to non-research settings - for example, as a method of assisting ongoing professional development and/or collection of reflective accounts.

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Citation List Month

February List 2023

Collection

Citation

Jane BM; Anstey S; Davies J; Dunn C; Jones A, “Using mobile phones, WhatsApp and phone interviews to explore how children's hospice nurses manage long-term relationships with parents: a feasibility pilot,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 29, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/18613.