Video elicitation interviews: A qualitative research method for investigating physician-patient interactions

Stephen G Henry, Michael D. Fetters

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We describe the concept and method of video elicitation interviews and provide practical guidance for primary care researchers who want to use this qualitative method to investigate physician-patient interactions. During video elicitation interviews, researchers interview patients or physicians about a recent clinical interaction using a video recording of that interaction as an elicitation tool. Video elicitation is useful because it allows researchers to integrate data about the content of physician-patient interactions gained from video recordings with data about participants' associated thoughts, beliefs, and emotions gained from elicitation interviews. This method also facilitates investigation of specific events or moments during interactions. Video elicitation interviews are logistically demanding and time consuming, and they should be reserved for research questions that cannot be fully addressed using either standard interviews or video recordings in isolation. As many components of primary care fall into this category, highquality video elicitation interviews can be an important method for understanding and improving physician-patient interactions in primary care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-125
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of Family Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Interpersonal recall
  • Physician-patient relations
  • Qualitative research
  • Stimulated recall
  • Video elicitation interviews
  • Video recording

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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