Engaging with Ethical Principles in Collecting Naturally Occurring Data

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


Ethical considerations are crucial to any qualitative (and indeed quantitative) research project and undertaking qualitative research invokes some specific ethical concerns due to the nature of the data collection and analysis. Of course, as a field, health can be considered a sensitive topic for some, particularly in some areas more so than others. The chapter therefore explores some of the general ethical tensions that exist in qualitative health research, and explicates the more specific ethical arguments related to using naturally occurring data, its collection, analysis, and dissemination.


Ethics Deontology Qualitative ethics Sensitive 


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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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