Hi I am interesetd to know your views about use of “Diary by health care professionals as a data collection technique in health and social care research”. Could you identify emperical studies, weaknesses and strengths of diary use.
A lot depends on the type of research you want to know about. Quite a few studies have used diaries in a quantitative way to collect information about how people spend their time. I like this article by Julia Johnson and Bill Bytheway because it really discusses the pros and cons and the practicalities of diaries:
They also give the participant an opportunity for reflection. However, you need to think about the practicalities of data collection. Not everyone feels confident enough or that they have the time to write things down. We thought about giving participants a recorder in one study so they could record their thoughts. However, everyone was too geographically dispersed for it to be feasible and so we are asking them to talk about their last shift instead.
It’s a while since you posted this so sorry if it’s no longer useful!