The next best thing to being there: conducting the clinical research interview by telephone

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1988 Jul;58(3):418-27. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1988.tb01602.x.


This methodological commentary explores the utility of the telephone as a medium for collecting sensitive clinical research data. The nature of the clinical interview is discussed, clinical and research literature dealing with use of the telephone is reviewed, and a follow-up study conducted entirely by telephone is described. More rigorous study of this research approach is called for.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Embryo Transfer
  • Female
  • Fertilization in Vitro
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological*
  • Male
  • Pilot Projects
  • Psychotherapy*
  • Research
  • Telephone*