Publications Publication - Virtual Photovoice With Older Adults: Methodological Reflections during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Un publication d'Olivier Ferlatte et collègues qui fait suite au projet Confinés, Ensemble!, soutenu par le Réseau. Féliciations aux auteur.e.s !

Auteur.e.s

 Olivier Ferlatte, Julie Karmann, Geneviève Gariépy, Katherine L. Frohlich, Gregory Moullec, Valérie Lemieux, Réjean Hébert

Authors' abstract

Photovoice is a participatory action research method in which participants take and narrate photographs to share their experiences and perspectives. This method is gaining in popularity among health researchers. Few studies, however, have described virtual photovoice data collection despite the growing interest among qualitative health researchers for online data collection. As such, the aim of this article is to discuss the implementation of a virtual photovoice study and presents some of the challenges of this design and potential solutions. The study examined issues of social isolation and mental health among older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Canadian province of Québec. Twenty-six older adults took photographs depicting their experience of the pandemic that were then shared in virtual discussion groups. In this article, we discuss three key challenges arising from our study and how we navigated them. First, we offer insights into managing some of the technical difficulties related to using online meeting technologies. Second, we describe the adjustments we made during our study to foster and maintain positive group dynamics. Third, we share our insights into the process of building and maintaining trust between both researchers and participants, and amongst participants. Through a discussion of these challenges, we offer suggestions to guide the work of health promotion researchers wishing to conduct virtual photovoice studies, including with older adults.