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Qual Health Res. 2009 Nov;19(11):1632-41. doi: 10.1177/1049732309350879.

Protecting respondent confidentiality in qualitative research.

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University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA. kkaiser1@uic.edu

Abstract

For qualitative researchers, maintaining respondent confidentiality while presenting rich, detailed accounts of social life presents unique challenges. These challenges are not adequately addressed in the literature on research ethics and research methods. Using an example from a study of breast cancer survivors, I argue that by carefully considering the audience for one's research and by reenvisioning the informed consent process, qualitative researchers can avoid confidentiality dilemmas that might otherwise lead them not to report rich, detailed data.

PMID:
19843971
PMCID:
PMC2805454
DOI:
10.1177/1049732309350879
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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