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Privacy is a much discussed and politically charged topic in contemporary healthcare. Yet, studying the actual privacy practices of healthcare professionals and patients remains extremely challenging. In this paper we reflect on our experiences using qualitative methods in two projects on HIV care, the first researching internet use by a particular group of patients, and the second looking at issues of information technology integration in hospitals. Our aim in doing so is to highlight some of the opportunities and challenges involved in including an explicit focus on 'context' in qualitative privacy research in healthcare. We suggest that adopting a more ref exive approach to the way methods are used in relation to 'context' in privacy-related HCI research provides opportunities for understanding how different 'privacy contexts' are enacted in and through our research practices in different environments. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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International Journal of Human Computer Studies

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1126 - 1132