Issues and considerations when researching sensitive issues with men: examples from a study of men and sexual health
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Issues and considerations when researching sensitive issues with men: examples from a study of men and sexual health

Paula Walls PhD student, School of Nursing, University of Ulster, County Londonderry, UK
Kader Parahoo Professor in nursing and health research, School of Nursing and the Institute of Nursing Research, University of Ulster, County Londonderry, UK
Paul Fleming Pro vice chancellor, School of Science, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Eilis McCaughan Reader, Institute of Nursing Research, University of Ulster, County Londonderry, UK

This article highlights some ethical considerations and practicalities that arose when conducting research with men in relation to decision making and seeking help for a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The aim of the study was to explore, using a grounded theory approach, the processes involved in making the decision to seek help. The main issues that arose were in relation to seeking permission and gaining approval, obtaining informed consent and susceptibility to harm. The interview itself and the concept of the researcher as a tool of data collection also gave rise to ethical issues. These issues have implications for the conduct of sensitive research with men and highlight the need for more overt reporting of the ethical issues and practical considerations that arise when planning and conducting research.

Nurse Researcher. 18, 1, 26-34. doi: 10.7748/nr2010.10.18.1.26.c8045

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