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The novel use of life grids in a phenomenological study of family carers of people with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities and Dysphagia

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
JournalQualitative Health Research
Early online date19 Mar 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Mar 2018


Life grids have been used in qualitative studies for the last two decades. They provide an activity which researcher and participant can focus their attention on, help build rapport, and reduce the control the researcher may hold within a session. Here we describe the novel use of life grids at the end of a data collection phase. Used in this previously un-reported way life grids assisted the closure of the data collection phase by summarizing the data collection and marking departure from the field. Creation of a life grid produced a tangible outcome, evidencing the work undertaken within the data collection period. They served as a powerful member checking tool, allowing participants to make additions and corrections to the data. In this article the use of life grids in this novel way is described and recommended by the authors.

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  • life grids, dysphagia, learning disabilities, families, phenomenology, qualitative, semi structured interviews, north east England

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