Justesen, Lise2; Mikkelsen, Bent Egberg8; Gyimóthy, Szilvia6
1 Department of Development and Planning, The Faculty of Engineering and Science (ENG), Aalborg University, VBN2 Meal Science & Public Health Nutrition, The Faculty of Engineering and Science (ENG), Aalborg University, VBN3 The Faculty of Engineering and Science (TECH), Aalborg University, VBN4 Aalborg University Copenhagen, The Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University, VBN5 Culture and Consumption, The Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University, VBN6 Department of Culture and Global Studies, The Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University, VBN7 The Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University, VBN8 Department of Clinical Medicine, The Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University, VBN
A patients’ hospital meal experiences can be complex and often difficult to capture using traditional methods. This study investigated patients’ hospital meal experiences using participant-driven-photo-elicitation (PDPE). PDPE invites respondents to photograph their daily lives and combines this with interviews, which can provide deeper insight into multisensory experiences beyond verbal or written discourse. The sample consisted of eight hospitalised patients. Patients completed a photo-essay of their hospital meal experience during a single day at a Danish hospital and afterwards participated in an open-ended interview. Two inductive analytical approaches were selected to assess the patients’ reflections on their hospital meal experiences. First, the interview transcripts were analysed using the Semiotic Analysis approach using qualitative data analysis software NVivo 9. Second, the 91 produced photographs and the participants’ engagement with the photographs were analysed by means of a Reflexive Content Analysis. The study found that PDPE is a research method that can be used for expanding the conceptualisation of hospital meal experiences, revealing the significance of the meal context, materiality and memories beyond food per se.