Qualitative Study

Interviews with patients, friends/family and hospital staff

In addition to the main randomised study, there is also a qualitative study.

The qualitative sub-study involves interviews with: patients; their family/friends; staff involved in recruitment for the TUBE trial, and staff involved in clinical care for this patient group and/or delivery of the TUBE interventions. It also involves observation/audio-recording of recruitment discussions for TUBE.

Interviews with patients, friends and family members and clinicians will be conducted by an experienced qualitative researcher with skills in interviewing vulnerable populations around sensitive topics.  A topic guide will be developed from discussions with the wider team, including the patient panel, from normalisation process theory (NPT)30 and from literature around trial participation.  The topic guide will be used in the interviews but interviewees will be encouraged to speak freely about any other issues relating to the pilot feasibility trial.  The guide will be revised as new issues emerge in each interview.

Interviews will take place with patients at two time points; 1-2 weeks after the initial recruitment discussions (to understand barriers and facilitators to recruitment), and during patient follow-up (to understand patients’ experiences of trial participation).

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Summary of interview data collection

  • 1-2 weeks after recruitment discussion
    • Trial participants (n=10): experiences of recruitment; views on supplementary feeding; reasons for participation; feelings about randomised allocation.
    • Family and friends of participants (n=6-10): experiences of recruitment; views on supplementary feeding; reasons for participation; feelings about randomised allocation.
    • Trial decliners (n=6-10): experiences of recruitment; views on supplementary feeding; reasons for declining.
    • Family and friends of decliners (n=6-10): experiences of recruitment; views on supplementary feeding
  • 6 months follow up
    • Trial participants (n=8-10): experiences and views of TUBE trial (outcome measurement etc); experiences of supplementary feeding.
    • Family and friends of participants (n=6-10); experiences of supplementary feeding; views of TUBE trial.