Qualitative Research and Its Importance in Adapting Interventions Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Systematic approaches are essential when adapting interventions, so the adapted intervention is feasible, acceptable, and holds promise for positive outcomes in the new target population and/or setting. Qualitative research is critical to this process. The purpose of this article is to provide an example of how qualitative research was used to guide the adaptation a web-based intervention for family carers of persons with dementia residing in long-term care (LTC) and to discuss challenges associated with using qualitative methodologies in this regard. Four steps are outlined: (a) choosing an intervention to adapt, (b) validating the conceptual framework of the intervention, (c) revising the intervention, and (d) conducting a feasibility study. Challenges with respect to decontextualization and subjective reality are discussed, with suggestions provided on how to overcome them. The result of this process was a feasible and acceptable web-based intervention to support family carers of persons with dementia residing in LTC.


  • Duggleby, Wendy
  • Peacock, Shelley
  • Ploeg, Jenny
  • Swindle, Jennifer
  • Kaewwilai, Lalita
  • Lee, HeunJung

publication date

  • August 2020