Qualitative Research: Maintaining Confidentiality

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It is essential that robust methods are used in qualitative research as maintaining confidentiality is critical. Confidentiality issues must be addressed by the researcher in relation to individual participants as well as to the sites in which the research is conducted. With regard to individual participants, researchers may need to address confidentiality by using not only pseudonyms --non-identifying names in all written records, but also to be selective when describing defining characteristics of participants which could reveal their identity (Polit & Beck

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