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Rural Remote Health. 2018 Aug;18(3):4576. doi: 10.22605/RRH4576. Epub 2018 Aug 31.

Managing qualitative research as insider-research in small rural communities.

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1
Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, PO Box U1987, Bentley, WA 6845, Australia carl.heslop@postgrad.curtin.edu.au.
2
Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, PO Box U1987, Bentley, WA 6845, Australia s.burns@curtin.edu.au.
3
Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, PO Box U1987, Bentley, WA 6845, Australia roanna.lobo@exchange.curtin.edu.au.

Abstract

Rural clinicians in small communities face the pressure of always being 'on duty', and the ethical challenges of overlapping relationships with members of the community and duality of roles. The lead author of this commentary has experience as an insider researcher living within a small rural community, and has navigated the ethical challenges and community pressures of conducting qualitative research within an interconnected network. With appropriate measures and planning, insider research can be conducted rigorously, while maintaining ongoing relationships, confidentiality and anonymity.

KEYWORDS:

insider research; interconnected; qualitative; small communities; small town; health research

PMID:
30165743
DOI:
10.22605/RRH4576
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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