Conducting go-along interviews to understand context and promote health

Carolyn M. Garcia, Marla E. Eisenberg, Ellen A. Frerich, Kate E. Lechner, Katherine Lust

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Go-along interviewing is an innovative approach to obtaining contextualized perspectives by conducting mobile interviews in which the participant acts as a navigational guide of the real or virtual space within which he or she lives. In this study, we used go-along interviews to obtain college students' contextualized perceptions of sexual health resources. Seventy-eight undergraduate students showed and described the resources on and near five campuses in a Midwestern state. In this article, we focus on the methodology of go-along interviews. The go-along, a relatively new methodology in health research, is a format in which participants take an active role in shaping the interview, and it facilitates identification of resources that might be overlooked using traditional interview formats. The go-along methodology is promising for researchers wanting to ground health-promotion efforts in the context of environmental or community-based strengths and needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1395-1403
Number of pages9
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This project was funded by Grant R40MC17160 (M.E. Eisenberg, principal investigator) through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Research Program, and by Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Grant K12HD055887 (N. Raymond, principal investigator) from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development.


  • data collection and management
  • health behavior
  • health information seeking
  • interviews
  • sexuality / sexual health
  • visual methods
  • young adults


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