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The ethics in qualitative health research: special considerations

Ciência & Saúde Coletiva, 01 September 2015, Vol.20(9), pp.2625-2630 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The ethics in qualitative health research: special considerations
  • Author: Peter, Elizabeth
  • Found In: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva, 01 September 2015, Vol.20(9), pp.2625-2630 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Public, Environmental & Occupational Health ; Ética ; Ética Em Pesquisa ; Pesquisa Qualitativa ; Ethics ; Reseach Ethics ; Qualitative Research ; Public Health
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Description: Abstract A sound knowledge of the nature of qualitative research, along with an appreciation of some special ethical considerations, is needed for rigorous reviews to be conducted. The overall character of qualitative research is described with an emphasis on the tendency of qualitative researchers to explore sensitive topics using theoretically informed methods. A number of specific features of qualitative that require additional ethical attention and awareness are also examined including the following: 1) participants are frequently quite vulnerable and require protection because the data collection methods, such as in-depth interviews, can delve into personally and politically charged matters; 2) naturalistic observation can raise concerns regarding privacy and consent; 3) the potential for the identifiability of the results of this research may require extra efforts to maintain confidentiality. Ultimately, Reseach Ethics Committee members must be knowledgeable about qualitative approaches to be able to assess the potential harms and benefits in a protocol carefully. Without this knowledge gaining ethics approval can be overly difficult for researchers and the best practices for protecting human participants can be overlooked.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1678-4561 ; E-ISSN: 1678-4561 ; DOI: 10.1590/1413-81232015209.06762015

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