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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25065

Title: Ethical issues in qualitative research on internet communities
Authors: Eysenbach, Gunther
Till, James E.
Keywords: internet
health research
Issue Date: 10-Nov-2001
Publisher: British Medical Journal Publication Group
Citation: Ethical Dilemmas in Research on Internet Communities Qual Health Res 2004;14:124
Series/Report no.: British Medical Journal
Volume 323 Issue 7321
Abstract: The internet is the most comprehensive electronic archive of written material representing our world and peoples' opinions, concerns, and desires. Physicians who surf the internet for the first time are often stunned by what they learn on websites set up by lay people or patient self support communities. Material on these venues can be a rich source for researchers interested in understanding the experiences and views of people and patients. Qualitative analysis of material published and communicated on the internet can serve to systematise and codify needs, values, concerns, and preferences of consumers and professionals relevant to health and health care. While the internet makes people's interactions uniquely accessible for researchers and erases boundaries of time and distance, such research raises new issues in research ethics, particularly concerning informed consent and privacy of research subjects, as the borders between public and private spaces are sometimes blurred.
Description: This article was first published in the British Medical Journal Volume 323 Issue 7321. BMJ allows authors to use their own articles for their own non commercial purposes. www.bmj.com Reproduced with permission from Dr. James E. Till
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7321.1103
ISSN: 0959-8146
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