A qualitative approach to primary care research: the long interview

Fam Med. 1991 Feb;23(2):145-51.


Qualitative research methods offer useful complements to the traditional epidemiologic approaches most commonly used by primary care researchers. Narrative texts generated through open-ended interviews are one form of qualitative data that may provide useful insights into primary care issues that are otherwise overlooked by more structured designs. This paper presents a step-by-step process for conducting a long interview, a qualitative approach with distinct potential for primary care research. Advantages and limitations of the long interview and its relationship to other qualitative methods are also discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Connecticut
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic / methods
  • Interviews as Topic / standards*
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain Management
  • Primary Health Care / standards*
  • Research / standards
  • Research Design
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards
  • Time Factors