Ethical issues in the documentary data analysis of internet posts and archives

Judith Sixsmith, Craig D. Murray

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    Abstract

    The documentary analysis of email posts and archives for qualitative research has been outlined elsewhere. Although there is an increase in the number of studies being conducted on listserv and newsgroup material in health research, this has not always been accompanied by a careful, in-depth consideration of the concomitant ethical issues. Therefore, this article outlines the ethical considerations surrounding this form of research, including issues of accessing voices, consent, privacy, anonymity, interpretation, and ownership and authorship of research material.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)423-432
    Number of pages10
    JournalQualitative Health Research
    Volume11
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2001

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