Tight Ties in Collaborative Health Research Puts Research Ethics on Trial? A Discussion on Autonomy, Confidentiality, and Integrity in Qualitative Research

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift


Collaborative research involving different stakeholders is increasingly becoming a preferred way of doing qualitative research to improve health care services. However, ethical research dilemmas arise when collaborative ties are tight.
Based on lessons learned from two qualitative collaborative health care research projects in two different municipalities in Norway and Denmark, respectively, this article illuminates ethical research dilemmas around ethical principles and
guidelines of autonomy (informed consent), confidentiality (anonymity), and integrity of research. Accordingly, there is a need to revisit and resume international ethical research guidelines formulated in the Declaration of Helsinki, when it comes to research guidelines of informed consent, anonymity, and integrity of research. Moreover, we suggest that collaborators contemplate and negotiate these ethical research issues to avoid unnecessary misunderstandings, conflicts, and pressures when doing research with stakeholders when collaboration ties are tight.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • University College Absalon

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Medicin och hälsovetenskap
  • Medicinsk etik


  • collaborative research, Research Ethics, Informed Consent, Confidentiality, research integrity, qualitative method, ethnographic research, Norway, Denmark
Antal sidor9
TidskriftQualitative Health Research
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 2019 jan 9
Peer review utfördJa