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Research using blogs for data: Public documents or private musings?†
Article first published online: 27 MAY 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 34, Issue 4, pages 353–361, August 2011
How to Cite
Eastham, L. A. (2011), Research using blogs for data: Public documents or private musings?. Res. Nurs. Health, 34: 353–361. doi: 10.1002/nur.20443
The author would like to thank D. Patricia Gray, PhD, RN for recommending my journey into research using blogs and Gregory M. Kelley for his Internet expertise.
- Issue published online: 7 JUL 2011
- Article first published online: 27 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 APR 2011
- internet research;
- illness experiences;
- human subjects protection
Nursing and other health sciences researchers increasingly find blogs to be valuable sources of information for investigating illness and other human health experiences. When researchers use blogs as their exclusive data source, they must discern the public/private aspects inherent in the nature of blogs in order to plan for appropriate protection of the bloggers' identities. Approaches to the protection of human subjects are poorly addressed when the human subject is a blogger and the blog is used as an exclusive source of data. Researchers may be assisted to protect human subjects via a decisional framework for assessing a blog author's intended position on the public/private continuum. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 34:353–361, 2011