Using Naturally Occurring Data to Research Vulnerable Groups

  • Nikki Kiyimba
  • Jessica Nina Lester
  • Michelle O’Reilly


This chapter builds on chapter nine by considering some of the groups that have been classified as vulnerable in terms of their participation in health research. In this chapter, we attend to these different groups and consider the types of issues that collecting naturally occurring data raises, practically and ethically. The benefits and challenges of collecting naturally occurring data from these groups is critically considered, with recommendations for practice offered.


Vulnerability Vulnerable groups Naturally occurring data Qualitative 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikki Kiyimba
    • 1
  • Jessica Nina Lester
    • 2
  • Michelle O’Reilly
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of ChesterChesterUK
  2. 2.School of EducationIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.The Greenwood Institute of Child HealthUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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