Qualitative research, particularly those conducted in the field of primary care, aims to understand the most common of human phenomena, along with their complexity, in the fields of health and illness. Typically, these studies involve data comprising of written texts, including field notes and relevant documents, and audible and visual data, including interview recordings.
How Transcriptions Help
Most scholarly articles and authors describe transcription as a straightforward technical task. A transcriptionist would also take audio and spoken words into words on paper. However, this is not mere note-taking. Transcribing notes also requires interpretation, representation, and reduction (if necessary), not only to get the words down and make them readable, but also meaningful and relevant to the research.