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Qualitative Research: Ethical Issues

Uttam K Paul, Arup Bandyopadhyay

Keywords : Ethical issues, Research, Qualitative

Citation Information : Paul U K, Bandyopadhyay A. Qualitative Research: Ethical Issues. Bengal Physician Journal 2018; 5 (3):45-47.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10070-5215

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Published Online: 01-06-2019

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Background: Ethical principles are part and parcel of the qualitative research and become an integral of qualitative research beginning from the framing of the research questions, formation of the research design, selecting the proper methodology, selection of subjects in the population to be studied, data collection, data analysis and forming an inference. Ethical principles: The four basic principles of medical ethics are beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy, and justice. Other important principles of ethics are confidentiality, fidelity, veracity (truthfulness) and accountability. A very important step of research ethics is informed consent. The purpose is to let the participant know the details of the research work-its purpose, principle, and methods. The informed consent form should be in the vernacular language, explained to the patient by or in the presence of a person who he can rely upon, and will be accepted by the court of law. The other important factors of ethics are reciprocity, power and empowerment, ownership and Hazards, risk and compensation. Institutional ethical committee: The institutional ethical committee also considers some aspects of research ethics. These are validity, reliability, transferability, confirmability, and triangulations. Conclusion: The most important aspects of ethics in qualitative research are: becoming highly careful in delicate issues, truthfulness, honesty, and integrity

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