Protecting respondent confidentiality in qualitative research

Karen Kaiser*

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For qualitative researchers, maintaining respondent confidentiality while presenting rich, detailed accounts of social life presents unique challenges. These challenges are not adequately addressed in the literature on research ethics and research methods. Using an example from a study of breast cancer survivors, I argue that by carefully considering the audience for one's research and by reenvisioning the informed consent process, qualitative researchers can avoid confidentiality dilemmas that might otherwise lead them not to report rich, detailed data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1632-1641
Number of pages10
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2009


  • Breast cancer
  • Confidentiality
  • Design
  • Dissemination and utilization
  • General
  • Interviews
  • Participant
  • Qualitative methods
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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