Reflections on a First Patient Experience Interview

Jenny Hislop, Senior Researcher, and I have recently started a study on patient experiences of Atrial Fibrillation (AF). I must admit that, until a few weeks ago, my knowledge of AF was pretty limited (something which my interviewee says is all too widespread). A steep learning curve ensued, including finding out about symptoms, triggers, treatments and associated risks from the condition. In short, AF is a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate. The day before yesterday, Jenny conducted our first interview on patient experiences of AF. I observed, this being the first interview using our topic guide (relevant questions to ask the participant if they do not mention these during their narrative). Yesterday it was my turn. I have conducted a few interviews before, but only ever audio recorded. Now I had to set up the camera equipment, check the lighting, sound, and the position of the participant. I had practised at home so that I felt happy setting up the tripod, adjusting the camera and remembering to attach the microphone. Yet with the participant there I was a little flustered, so keen was I to get everything right. Jenny was observing from the [...] continue the story