Making the most of video recorded clinical encounters: Optimizing impact and productivity through interdisciplinary teamwork

Stephen G. Henry, Anne Elizabeth Clark White, Elizabeth Magnan, Eve Angeline Hood-Medland, Melissa Gosdin, Richard L. Kravitz, Peter Joseph Torres, Jennifer Gerwing

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Patient-clinician interactions are central to technical and interpersonal processes of medical care. Video recordings of these interactions provide a rich source of data and a stable record that allows for repeated viewing and analysis. Collecting video recordings requires navigating ethical and feasibility constraints; further, realizing the potential of video requires specialized research skills. Interdisciplinary collaborations involving practitioners, medical educators, and social scientists are needed to provide the clinical perspectives, methodological expertise, and capacity needed to make collecting video worthwhile. Such collaboration ensures that research questions will be based on scholarship from the social sciences, resonate with practice, and produce results that fit educational needs. However, the literature lacks suggested practices for building and sustaining interdisciplinary research collaborations involving video data. In this paper, we provide concrete advice based on our experience collecting and analyzing a single set of video-recorded clinical encounters and non-video data, which have so far yielded nine distinct studies. We present the research process, timeline, and advice based on our experience with interdisciplinary collaboration. We found that integrating disciplines and traditions required patience, compromise, and mutual respect; learning from each other enhanced our enjoyment of the process, our productivity, and the clinical relevance of our research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
StateAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Health communication
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Professional-Patient relations
  • Research methodology
  • Video recording

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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