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Research in one’s own place of work

Do you work at the same institution that you want to recruit informants from? If so, there are several things you should take into account:

  • When a researcher has a professional relationship with potential participants in a research project (for example if the researcher inhabits the position of case officer, manager, therapist, colleague, etc.), it may be perceived as difficult to say no to participate. This can be solved in various ways, for example by having management/colleagues make first contact on the researcher's behalf, and by emphasizing that participation is voluntary. Alternatively, informants could be recruited from institutions or departments in which the researcher does not have any connection to through work.
  • Personal information in your research taken from records/case files/notes/reports cannot be processed for research purposes without obtaining consent from the persons mentioned in the documents (or obtaining an exception from the duty of confidentiality), even if the researcher as an employee has access to this information.
  • As a researcher, one can only gather information relevant for research purposes.
  • Information that appears in connection with research cannot simply be transferred into case files/records/medical treatment. The researcher is also bound to the duty of confidentiality, and it is important to be aware that this confidentiality is not equivalent to the duty of confidentiality that exists by virtue of a profession.

 

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