Ethical challenges in qualitative research: examples from practice
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Ethical challenges in qualitative research: examples from practice

Catherine E Houghton Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway
Dympna Casey Senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway
David Shaw Principal lecturer in health psychology, Chilterns University College, Buckinghamshire, UK
Kathy Murphy Head of school, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway

This article examines the many ethical challenges that are specific to qualitative research. These challenges concern the issues of informed consent procedures, the researcher-participant relationship, risk-benefit ratio, confidentiality and the dual role of the nurse-researcher. Each challenge will be examined and practical examples of how it was dealt with, using examples from a multiple case study, will be described.

Nurse Researcher. 18, 1, 15-25. doi: 10.7748/nr2010.10.18.1.15.c8044

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