The VIA method combines elements of medicine, anthropology, filmmaking, and qualitative analysis. Learn more about the methodology.

Data Collection
Learn how participants create video diaries to teach their clinicians about what it is like to live with their health conditions.
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Data Analysis
Learn how researchers document objective and subjective observations of each visual illness narrative then examine themes found in each participant’s videos to come to an understanding of the patient’s illness experience.
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Are you interested in using VIA in your own research? Find out more about how you can learn to use VIA in your area of expertise.
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Related Publications
View Rich, M., J. Polvinen, et al. (2005). "Visual Narratives of the Pediatric Illness Experience: Children Communicating with Clinicians Through Video." Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America14(3 [special issue on Child Psychiatry and the Media]): 571-587.
View Patashnick, J. L. and M. Rich (2005). "Researching human experience: Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA)." Australasian Journal of Information Systems.
View Rich, M. and J. L. Patashnick (2002). "Narrative research with audiovisual data: Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA) and NVivo." International Journal of Social Research Methodology5(3): 245-261.
View Rich, M., S. Lamola, et al. (2000). "Video intervention/prevention assessment: A patient-centered methodology for understanding the adolescent illness experience." Journal of Adolescent Health27(3): 155-165.
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