Table 3

Topic guide for interviews




Explain purpose of research project

Explain audio recording procedures

Ensure participant has copy of information sheet

Complete both copies of consent form

Offer £10 for participating

Review questionnaire data

Mapping task

Mark home

Name local area and discuss boundaries

Identify locations of key local amenities (shops, school, park, health centre...)

Discuss routes for typical local journeys (and whether made on foot, by car...)

Living in the area

What do you like about living in the local area?

What do you not like about living in the local area?

What do you think of this area as a place to bring up children?

Is there anything you would like to change about the local area?

Environmental themes to be used as prompts if necessary:

• Aesthetics (pleasant to walk, attractive surroundings...)

• Green space (parks, in general...)

• Convenience (of routes for walking and cycling)

• Access to amenities (shops, public transport...)

• Traffic (quantity, disturbance...)

• Road danger (for pedestrians and cyclists)

• Personal danger (of attack, after dark...)


Do you know about the plan to build the new motorway?

Explain briefly if necessary

How do you think that will affect your local area?

How do you think that will affect you and your household?


Thanks for participating

Ogilvie et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2010 7:43   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-7-43

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