A method comparison of photovoice and content analysis: Research examining challenges and supports of family caregivers

Mary Ann Faucher, Shelby L. Garner

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this manuscript is to compare methods and thematic representations of the challenges and supports of family caregivers identified with photovoice methodology contrasted with content analysis, a more traditional qualitative approach. Methods: Results from a photovoice study utilizing a participatory action research framework was compared to an analysis of the audio-transcripts from that study utilizing content analysis methodology. Results: Major similarities between the results are identified with some notable differences. Content analysis provides a more in-depth and abstract elucidation of the nature of the challenges and supports of the family caregiver. Conclusions: The comparison provides evidence to support the trustworthiness of photovoice methodology with limitations identified. The enhanced elaboration of theme and categories with content analysis may have some advantages relevant to the utilization of this knowledge by health care professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-267
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Nursing Research
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

Keywords

  • Challenges and supports of family caregivers
  • Content analysis
  • Photovoice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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