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Why Should We Use Online Research Methods? Four Doctoral Health Student Perspectives.

Germain, J and Harris, J and Mackay, S and Maxwell, C (2017) Why Should We Use Online Research Methods? Four Doctoral Health Student Perspectives. Qualitative Health Research. ISSN 1049-7323

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Abstract

The growth of the Internet has led to an increase in researchers utilizing online methods. Online communities such as forums, blogs, and video platforms are particularly useful for research involving populations that are Internet savvy, seldom heard or discussing sensitive or illicit behavior. Drawing upon the experiences of four doctoral health students who are using online methods, this article discusses the value and benefits of conducting online research as well as the limitations and difficulties encountered. Consideration is given to the methodological and ethical implications of online research. Our own research leads us to reflect on participants' perceptions of what is public, preserving anonymity and protecting participants from harm.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 16 Studies In Human Society, 11 Medical And Health Sciences, 17 Psychology And Cognitive Sciences
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Public Health Institute
School of Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: SAGE Publications
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Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2017 10:39
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2017 13:18
DOI or Identification number: 10.1177/1049732317721698
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7069

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