Ethical Challenges embedded in qualitative research interviews with close relatives

Anita Haahr, Annelise Norlyk, Elisabeth Hall

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Abstract

Nurse researchers engaged in qualitative interviews with patients and spouses in healthcare may often experience being in unforseen ethical dilemmas. Researchers are guided by the bioethical principles of justice, beneficence, non-maleficence respect for human rights and respect for autonomy through the entire research process. However, these principles are not sufficient to prepare researchers for unanticipated ethical dilemmas related to qualitative researchs interviews. We describe and discuss ethically challenging and difficult moments embedded in two cases from our own phenomenological interview studies. We argue that qualitative interviews involve navigation between being guided by bioethics as a researcher, being a therapist/nurse and being a fellow human being or even a friend. The researchers' premises to react to unexpected situations and act in a sound ethical manner must be enchanced, and there is a need for an increassed focus on the researchers' ethical preparation and to continually address and discuss cases from their own interviews
Original languageEnglish
JournalNursing Ethics
Volume21
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)6-15
Number of pages10
ISSN0969-7330
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • qualitative method

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