Interview Questions

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?
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One thought on “Interview Questions

  1. Great idea, and especially so for places around the world where access is limited. Go for it!

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