What are they?

People often tell stories about their life to their friends and family, and it is one of the oldest methods of sharing experiences and perspectives.

Narrative interviews differ from structured or semi-structured interviews as there are very few questions. The interviewer should propose an initial question asking the interviewee to tell their story. This form of interviewing may feel unusual for both parties.

Narrative interviews place the participant at the heart. The approach allows people to share experiences that are important to them. This will allow us to understand what is important to people about their feet from their perspective rather than from the perspective of the researcher. 

Our approach to interviewing starts with asking participants to share a story about their foot health and how it has had an impact on their life. This allows the storyteller to share what is important to them, before asking further questions that relate to their stories. 


Why chose a narrative interview?

Narratives are particularly useful when there are different voices at stake. Different social groups construct different stories, and the ways in which they differ are crucial to apprehend the full dynamics of events. Communities, social groups and subcultures all tell stories differently, using their own cultural conventions, language and concepts – using meanings that are specific to their experiences and way of life (Jovchelovitch and Bauer, 2000).

Digital Narratives can prompt thoughtful reflection among viewers who are healthcare practitioners. Illuminating experiences of health and illness, which brings to life in a way that is effective, affective and reflective, something that may have previously only been theoretical knowledge (Haigh and Hardy 2011).

The narratives will be shared outside of academia to educate and raise awareness among viewing audiences about the issues raised in the stories and provide visual, narrative and multisensory data to support research and evaluation (Gubrium,2014).

Our key message is that your feet and foot health is important. Don’t ignore them and don’t take them for granted. Through the stories we aim to increase viewers awareness and understand how a change in foot health can have an impact on people.  And through developing awareness we want the public to make a positive change in their health behaviours. Stories can be very helpful towards achieving this. Particularly if the viewer feels a connection to the story, either because it is personally relevant, or culturally relevant. 


The interview is split up into Five phases.

Phase 1 : Setting up

Narrative interviews can be difficult for both the interviewer and interviewee. It is important that the initial topic is something experiential to the interviewee. It is also important that the interviewee is put at ease.

We suggest a short discussion before the interview build a rapport with the interviewee and to develop an understanding of the context of the interviewees foot health.

Ensure that the interviewee understands the process of consent, and if they have any questions before starting the interview.

Before starting the recording, it is important that your remind interviewees of the terms and conditions associated with the project.


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