As soon as my IRB application is approved, I hope to start conducting interviews on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. I plan to speak with 10-15 female students, and hopefully a health care practitioner from student health.
Sample interview questions for women research participants:
- What types of items do you see for sale in public restrooms? What is the cost?
- Are you likely to purchase items in a public restroom? Why or why not?
- What aspects of your female health care do you feel the need to visit a clinic? a pharmacy?
- What aspects of your female health care do you handle yourself? What do you wish you could handle yourself?
- Have you ever been denied care because of bureaucratic or administrative problems?
- Do you prefer to self-pay for care, as with OTC products, or pay for insurance and have insurance cover the cost?
- Do you prefer to see the doctor or pharmacist for birth control or infection treatments, or would you prefer to handle it yourself?
- What method of birth control do you use and how do you get it?
- Have you ever had a female health problem that was diagnosed differently than what you thought it was?
Sample interview questions for health care providers:
- What are the most common complaints or reasons for women to visit the clinic?
- What problems do you see patients come in with that are preventable?
- What illnesses or issues can be self-treated, without a visit to the clinic?
- How much instruction does it take for someone to self-treat a common problem?
- In your experience, do most women know how to take birth control pills, or do they need to be taught? Can they be taught via packaging alone?
- Do long-term users need pharmacy/prescription to guard against dangers of misuse?
- What obstacles do patients face in obtaining care?
- What do you wish women knew how to do for themselves?
- What needs should women really come to the doctor for, and not try to treat themselves?