Perspectives of an international sample of adults with Trichotillomania on the acceptability and feasibility of an asynchronous qualitative email interview method

Chane Roodt, Philip Keeley, Mary Turner, Amanda Edmondson, Sarah Kendal

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Abstract

Purpose: Trichotillomania (TTM) is characterised by the recurrent pulling out of one’s own hair, resulting in hair loss. It is a poorly understood disorder with no consensus on aetiology or epidemiology. Nested within a larger qualitative study exploring a wide range of TTM topics; the aim of this paper is to report and consider participant views on the acceptability and feasibility of the asynchronous email interview method.
Method: Cross-cultural qualitative research on TTM is sparse; therefore, an
international qualitative study with a geographically diverse sample was conducted using an asynchronous email interview method.
Results: Participant perspectives highlighted three themes related to the study method: the value in creating personal connections, cathartic reflections, and perceived strengths and weaknesses. This paper highlights the potential of the asynchronous email interview method for sustaining remote research across multiple locations, using a sample of 20 adults with TTM (18-55 years) from 15 different countries.
Conclusions: This was an acceptable and feasible method for data collection, facilitating remote access while yielding rich data from an often hidden and hard-to-reach population.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalResearch Medicine in Medicine and Health Sciences
Early online date23 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Feb 2022

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