Ethics in Interviews within Health Care Research Analytical Essay

Ethics in Interviews within Health Care Research
This essay discusses the ethical issues which arise in relation to the unstructured, nondirective, in-depth qualitative interviews.
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This essay explores ethical issues in in depth, non-directive and unstructured qualitative interviews in health care research, specifically regarding a patient's perception of the quality of his or her hospital care. The essay discusses ethics before, during and after the completion of the interview. It finds that although it may be difficult for a researcher to protect the anonymity of a patient, confidentiality should always be protected unless legal requirements intervene. The paper also states that the power is in the hands of the interview, and that the ethics of the interview rests in the integrity of the researcher.

From the Paper:

"After that, the situation that needs ethical decision-making arises when the respondent asks for a copy of the transcript of the tape. There are many ethical issues in relation to the rights of respondents for the data gathered by interviews. Firstly, there is nothing unreasonable if the participant asks for a copy of raw data. Otherwise, if the respondent asks for a transcript of analysed data, then there is no commitment on the researcher to pass that copy as the interpretative work is the personal property of the researcher. In the interpretative work, the researcher has encoded not only the spoken words, but also the issues of emphasis, pronunciation, pauses and tone (Oliver, 2003)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Holloway, W. & Jefferson, T. (2001) doing qualitative research differently: free association, narrative and the interview method, London: Sage Publications.
  • Howitt, D. And Cramer, D. (2009) Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, 2nd ed. England: Pearson Education Limited.
  • Kvale, S. (2009) Doing Interviews, London: Sage Publications.
  • Leary, Z. O. (2004) The Essential Guide to doing Research, London: Sage Publications.
  • Miller, T. & Bell, L. (2002) Ethics in Qualitative Research, London: Sage Publication. p. 53-69

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