Health Diaries in a Rural Australian Study

Keleher, Helen and Verrinder, Glenda 2003, Health Diaries in a Rural Australian Study, Qualitative health research, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 435-443, doi: 10.1177/1049732302250342.

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Title Health Diaries in a Rural Australian Study
Author(s) Keleher, Helen
Verrinder, Glenda
Journal name Qualitative health research
Volume number 13
Issue number 3
Start page 435
End page 443
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1049-7323
Keyword(s) Health diaries
rural health
rural families
Summary The authors designed a study around the use of health diaries comprising both open- and closed-ended questions and kept over a 16-week period by 118 rural and remote-dwelling families in Victoria, Australia. Participants documented their use of health services, episodes of illness, actions taken to keep healthy, and reflections on services and programs. In this article, the authors report on the health diary method. They discuss the qualitative ways in which the participants used their study involvement to enrich their lives: accessing health information and advice, furthering their concerns about rural health, and using the research process for social support. The authors discuss issues surrounding the rural and remote context of the study and the length of time over which the diaries were kept.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1049732302250342
Field of Research 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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