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Video-Reflexive Ethnography in Health Research and Healthcare Improvement

Theory and Application, 1st Edition

By Rick Iedema, Katherine Carroll, Aileen Collier, Su-Yin Hor, Jessica Mesman, Mary Wyer

CRC Press

233 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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This innovative, practical guide introduces researchers to the use of the video reflexive ethnography in health and health services research. This methodology has enjoyed increasing popularity among researchers internationally and has been inspired by developments across a range of disciplines: ethnography, visual and applied anthropology, medical sociology, health services research, medical and nursing education, adult education, community development, and qualitative research ethics.


"With the increasing use of high-fidelity simulation and videotaping in healthcare education, this book provides a valuable framework for video-reflexive ethnography in qualitative research. It extensively reviews the literature with citations reflecting the previous work on this subject. It is a valuable source of current information for qualitative researchers conducting video-reflexive ethnography."

Mary Elizabeth Burke, MSN (Viterbo University)

Table of Contents

List of vignettes

List of figures

List of tables


0. Introduction

1. The theoretical background of video-reflexive ethnography

2. Preparing for fieldwork and collaborative data construction

3. Recruiting VRE participants

4. Videoing and analyzing practices

5. Preparing reflexive sessions

6. Conducting reflexive sessions

7. Evaluating VRE achievements

8. Publishing VRE studies

9. Tying the principal strands of the book together

Appendix A: Examples of funded VRE projects

Appendix B: VRE and ethics


About the Authors

Rick Iedema is a professor and the director of the Centre for Team-based Practice and Learning in Health Care, King’s College London, London, UK.

Katherine Carroll is a research fellow in School of Sociology, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

Aileen Collier is Senior Lecturer, Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group, School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Su-yin Hor is a lecturer in Health Services Management, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

Jessica Mesman is an associate professor, Department of Society Studies, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

Mary Wyer is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, The Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Westmead, New South Wales, Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Administration
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General
MEDICAL / Education & Training