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Table 4 Methods

From: Implementing a social network intervention designed to enhance and diversify support for people with long-term conditions. A qualitative study

Methods When Purpose
Video • To capture the delivery of the intervention
• Post-intervention to elicit reflection and retrospective sense-making
To show participants to help them recall and talk through what they were thinking at certain points during delivery of the intervention
To capture non-verbal interactions allowing rigorous post-hoc collaborative review on engagement, elements of work and division of labour undertaken by the facilitator and participant
Non-participant observation • Researcher observed the facilitated intervention and took notes using a framework with emphasis on demonstrating sense-making and buy-in To identify points where there were difficulties in understanding and engagement with the intervention. Timings were noted so that point in the video could be revisited during video-elicitation
Interviews • Immediately following intervention (T1)
• 2 weeks—phone call (to check on uptake of chosen activities)
• 6 months face-to-face plus noting of changes in circles diagram (T2)
• 12 months—phone call plus noting of changes in circles diagram (T3)
To answer questions about the intervention’s relevance, acceptability, ease of use, promotion of new insights and potential beneficiaries.
To allow a longitudinal dimension to capture change