Continuing Qualitative Data Collection During the COVID 19 Pandemic: Lessons Learnt from A Study Among Tribes in Manipur, India

Authors

  • Saritha Nair ICMR-National Institute of Medical Statistics, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India
  • Meena Hijam ICMR-National Institute of Medical Statistics, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India
  • Nongzaimayum Tawfeeq Alee Amity University Mumbai (AUM), Maharashtra, India; ICMR-National Institute of Medical Statistics, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India
  • Nirendra Haobijam Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, Manipur, India
  • Harpreet Kaur ECD, ICMR, ICMR-Headquarters, New Delhi, India
  • M. Vishnu Vardhana Rao ICMR-National Institute of Medical Statistics, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.55489/njcm.130820222062

Keywords:

Qualitative data collection, telephonic interviews, mobile phone, privacy, effective

Abstract

COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions in carrying out research activities in the field. The established methods of data collection for both qualitative and quantitative research could not be implemented. Researchers worldwide adopted contactless data collection methods, including the use of mobile phones for research purposes. This paper presents the experiences of conducting interviews among tribal population using mobile phones in three villages of Manipur during the pandemic. The interviews proved to be successful and effective. Minor technical glitches were a challenge but were not significant to affect the quality of the data. During unprecedented times such as the current pandemic, conducting interviews via mobile phones could be a viable alternative to face-to-face interviews for collecting qualitative data from the communities.

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2022-08-31

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Nair S, Hijam M, Alee NT, Haobijam N, Kaur H, Rao MVV. Continuing Qualitative Data Collection During the COVID 19 Pandemic: Lessons Learnt from A Study Among Tribes in Manipur, India. Natl J Community Med [Internet]. 2022 Aug. 31 [cited 2022 Sep. 30];13(08):578-80. Available from: https://www.njcmindia.com/index.php/file/article/view/2062

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