This article describes how participant observation and a reflective diary were used in a study that aimed to explore how three different groups of community dwelling older people experienced and made choices about using, or refusing, a range of health and social care services. The roles of these qualitative methods are highlighted to demonstrate how they enhanced the insights gained during the course of a research study.
Participant Observation, Reflective Diary, Health and Social Care, Older People
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Tetley, J. (2013). Using Participatory Observation to Understand Older People’s Experiences: Lessons from the Field. The Qualitative Report, 18(45), 1-18. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol18/iss45/3