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The use of social media in a palliative care research centre [Conference Abstract]

Hopewell-Kelly, Noreen, Baillie, Jessica ORCID:, Sivell, Stephanie ORCID:, Bowyer, Anna, Thomas, Kristen, Prout, Hayley ORCID:, Taylor, Sophia, Sampson, Catherine ORCID:, Newman, Alicia and Nelson, Annmarie ORCID: 2015. The use of social media in a palliative care research centre [Conference Abstract]. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care 5 , 120. 10.1136/bmjspcare-2014-000838.47

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Introduction Online communities are full of discussions about illness, death and dying and these communications are increasingly repositioned within research environments as sources of publically available data. As a palliative care research centre, we have been keen to embrace social media within our research work, however, with no definitive set of ethical or practical guidelines we have been unsure of how best to proceed. The centre thus initiated two consensus days to construct a workable, ethical framework for future research in the field. Aim(s) and method(s) Researchers within the centre, and two external experts in online research, met to focus on constructing a set of ethical guidelines. Issues of confidentiality, anonymity and informed consent were all discussed. Results A framework for social media research was constructed, the guiding principles include: ▸ Recruitment of participants should be transparent with adequate opportunity for participants to ask questions. ▸ Information sheets should be provided and be clear about confidentiality issues that are specific to online research. ▸ Consent should always be taken from participants for the use of their online communications as research data

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
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