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Participant observation raises particular ethical issues in the health care context, especially in terms of ensuring informed consent. Lucy Moore and Jan Savage outline the specific dilemmas raised by participant observation in one practice setting and the difficulties experienced in complying with a predetermined process designed for gaining fully informed consent. Their experience suggests that, instead of fully formulating this process in advance of fieldwork, researchers need to be able to respond to the circumstances they find in the field.

Original publication

DOI

10.7748/nr2002.07.9.4.58.c6198

Type

Journal article

Journal

Nurse Res

Publication Date

2002

Volume

9

Pages

58 - 69

Keywords

Ethics Committees, Ethics, Nursing, Humans, Informed Consent, Nursing Methodology Research