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Revista de Enfermagem Referência

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AZEVEDO, Vanessa et al. Interview transcription: conceptual issues, practical guidelines, and challenges. Rev. Enf. Ref. [online]. 2017, vol.serIV, n.14, pp.159-168. ISSN 0874-0283.  http://dx.doi.org/10.12707/RIV17018.

Background: Interviews are a common practice for gathering information in scientific studies. Although there is an extensive work about how to conduct and analyze an interview, transcription has usually remained a minor issue. Transcribing is the transformation of oral speech into a written and meaningful text that includes relevant information from the interview and that can be analyzed. Objectives: This article addresses and discusses the main conceptual and practical issues, as well as the main challenges involved in interview transcription, using an integrative approach. Main topics under analysis: What is the definition of transcription? Which types of transcripts exist? What content must be transcribed? How should an interview be transcribed? What special measures should be taken during a transcription? What are the main difficulties? Conclusion: Given the lack of universal protocols or rules for transcription, researchers should state their practices and decisions, which may influence data analysis.

Keywords : methodology; qualitative research; interviews as topic; nonverbal communication; verbal behavior.

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