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Qualitative research ethics on the spot: Not only on the desktop

Øye, Christine; Sørensen, Nelli Øvre and Glasdam, Stinne LU (2015) In Nursing Ethics 23(4). p.455-464
Abstract
Background: The increase in medical ethical regulations and bureaucracy handled by institutional review boards and healthcare institutions puts the researchers using qualitative methods in a challenging position.

Method: Based on three different cases from three different research studies, the article explores and discusses research ethical dilemmas.

Objectives and ethical considerations: First, and especially, the article addresses the challenges for gatekeepers who influence the informant’s decisions to participate in research. Second, the article addresses the challenges in following research ethical guidelines related to informed consent and doing no harm. Third, the article argues for the importance of having... (More)
Background: The increase in medical ethical regulations and bureaucracy handled by institutional review boards and healthcare institutions puts the researchers using qualitative methods in a challenging position.

Method: Based on three different cases from three different research studies, the article explores and discusses research ethical dilemmas.

Objectives and ethical considerations: First, and especially, the article addresses the challenges for gatekeepers who influence the informant’s decisions to participate in research. Second, the article addresses the challenges in following research ethical guidelines related to informed consent and doing no harm. Third, the article argues for the importance of having research ethical guidelines and review boards to question and discuss the possible ethical dilemmas that occur in qualitative research.

Discussion and conclusion: Research ethics must be understood in qualitative research as relational, situational, and emerging. That is, that focus on ethical issues and dilemmas has to be paid attention on the spot and not only at the desktop. (Less)
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Do no harm, gatekeeper, informed consent, qualitative research, relational and situational ethics, research ethics
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Nursing Ethics
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23
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4
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10 pages
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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  • pmid:25665588
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1477-0989
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10.1177/0969733014567023
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English
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  abstract     = {Background: The increase in medical ethical regulations and bureaucracy handled by institutional review boards and healthcare institutions puts the researchers using qualitative methods in a challenging position.<br/><br>
Method: Based on three different cases from three different research studies, the article explores and discusses research ethical dilemmas.<br/><br>
Objectives and ethical considerations: First, and especially, the article addresses the challenges for gatekeepers who influence the informant’s decisions to participate in research. Second, the article addresses the challenges in following research ethical guidelines related to informed consent and doing no harm. Third, the article argues for the importance of having research ethical guidelines and review boards to question and discuss the possible ethical dilemmas that occur in qualitative research.<br/><br>
Discussion and conclusion: Research ethics must be understood in qualitative research as relational, situational, and emerging. That is, that focus on ethical issues and dilemmas has to be paid attention on the spot and not only at the desktop.},
  author       = {Øye, Christine and Sørensen, Nelli Øvre and Glasdam, Stinne},
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  pages        = {455--464},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Nursing Ethics},
  title        = {Qualitative research ethics on the spot: Not only on the desktop},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0969733014567023},
  volume       = {23},
  year         = {2015},
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