Collecting qualitative data during a pandemic

A brief response


  • David Silverman King’s College London



forum discussion response


I think it is fair to say that the thoughtful comments on my paper were less ‘rejoinders’ than additions and elaborations. In that spirit, what follows is a summary of the arguments made and the critical questions that remain, also drawing on some personal communications I have received.

Author Biography

David Silverman, King’s College London

David Silverman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths’ College, London, Visiting Professor at the business schools at King’s College London and the University of Technology, Sydney, and Adjunct Professor in the Education Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. His research interests focus on medical encounters. He is the author of many textbooks on qualitative research and runs workshops in qualitative research for PhD students and faculty in several European and Australian universities.


Bishop, Libby (2021) Secondary analysis of qualitative data. In David Silverman (ed.) Qualitative Research (5th edition), 429–446. London: Sage.

Holstein, James and Jaber F. Gubrium (2021) Interviewing as a form of narrative practice. In David Silverman (ed.) Qualitative Research (5th edition), 69–85. London: Sage.

Irvine, Annie, Paul Drew, Peter Bower, Helen Brooks, Judith Gellatly, Christopher J. Armitage, Michael Barkham et al. (2020) Are there interactional differences between telephone and face-to-face psychological therapy? A systematic review of comparative studies. Journal of Affective Disorders 265: 120–131.

Potter, Jonathan and Alexa Hepburn (2005) Qualitative interviews in psychology: Problems and possibilities. Qualitative Research in Psychology 2 (4): 281–307.

Silverman, David (2017) ‘How was it for you?’: The interview society and the irresistible rise of the [poorly analysed] interview. Qualitative Research 17 (2): 144–158.



How to Cite

Silverman, D. (2021). Collecting qualitative data during a pandemic: A brief response. Communication and Medicine.