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Diary

Document completed by a research respondent, often in advance of participation in an interview or group discussion. This would generally capture details of everyday behaviour such as TV watching or consumption of a particular food. Completed diaries may be taken and analysed as data, but in qualitative studies they are often used by the participant in the group or interview itself, to prompt recall and discussion of particular activities

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