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Drawing the experience of chronic vaginal thrush and complementary and alternative medicine


Morgan, M and McInerney, F and Rumbold, J and Liamputtong, P, Drawing the experience of chronic vaginal thrush and complementary and alternative medicine, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 12, (2) pp. 127-146. ISSN 1364-5579 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/13645570902752316


This paper demonstrates a method of collaborative drawing-based enquiry used to elicit experiential narratives in qualitative research. In the health sciences the method, which uses a drawing strategy embedded within in-depth interviews, can illuminate experiences of illness, treatment and interaction with health practitioners. Here it is applied to the experience of chronic vaginal thrush and associated use of complementary and alternative medicine. In the study reported here, images were created and interpreted by participants as part of the interview process and transcripts were analysed according to narrative methods. The results yielded themes in three areas of inquiry: the experience of chronic vaginal thrush and uses of bio-medical and complementary alternative medicine therapies. We argue that the method can be applied more widely to access and represent participant experiences of illness and that it has particular utility for researchers in health sciences who are working on sensitive topics and with vulnerable participants.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Chronic vaginal thrush; Drawing method; In-depth interview; Narrative; Qualitative research methods; Women's health
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health outcomes
UTAS Author:McInerney, F (Professor Fran McInerney)
ID Code:95497
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2014-10-03
Last Modified:2014-10-03

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