Week 5 Discussion (March 2-8)

Explain your understanding of confidentiality in research and indicate how confidentiality of data and anonymity of participants can be maintained during the research process.

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134 thoughts on “Week 5 Discussion (March 2-8)

  1. Confidentiality is refer to the to the protection of the data collected. It provides an assurance of protection to participants, minimizes or eliminates their risk of participation, and involves the active effort of researchers to remove any trace of participant identity from the data. Within research, it is very important to conduct and maintain confidentiality for ethical reasons. Such include the public and private lives of people, including their ideas, beliefs, opinions, behaviors, emotions and attitudes.This can prevent termination of employment, or any number of other detrimental consequences. Confidentially should be practiced in schools and other institutions to prevent stereotype among students and teachers and remove favouritism in schools.

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  2. I think confidentiality is concerned with who has the right of access to the data provided by the participants. Anonymity refers to concealing the identities of participants in all documents resulting from the research.
    The right to remain anonymous should be respected. Researchers therefore have the responsibility to ensure appropriate precautions to protect the confidentiality of participants’ data. For instance, names and any information from which identities could be inferred (e.g. locations) should be withheld or removed.
    Pragmatically speaking, it is likely that participants will be less willing to discuss sensitive issues if they think that identifiable information might be disseminated beyond the primary researcher.

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  3. Confidentiality is refer to the to the protection of the data collected. It provides an assurance of protection to participants, minimizes or eliminates their risk of participation, and involves the active effort of researchers to remove any trace of participant identity from the data.Anonymity refers to concealing the identities of participants in all documents resulting from the research. The right to anonymous should and must be maintained right throughout the research as to ensure safety and confidentiality of the persons personal attributes and beliefs.

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  4. Confidentiality refers to the treatment of information that an individual has disclosed in a relationship of trust and with the expectation that will not be divulged without permission in ways that are inconsistent with understanding of the original disclosure. I believe therefore that there should be confidentiality in research. Confidentiality can be maintained if protocols are design to minimize the need to collect and maintained identifiable information about research subjects. Data should be collected anonymously or the identifiers should be removed and destroyed as soon as possible Also, access to research data should be based on a “need to know” and minimum necessary standard in order to maintain some level of confidentiality.

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  5. Confidentiality is to protect the information or data that you have acquired. It is important because firstly not all information may be factual and this may lead to false perception. Also even if there are some facts they might also be misinterpreted by another person which may lead to unnecessary controversy or scandal. I believe that confidentiality in this case is super-important as we do not have any right to make any publish and identifying students or institutions that the study was conducted.I maintain this quality by using pseudo names in my study and not identifying the school that I did my research.

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  6. Confidentiality in research relates to the protection of the identity of participants in a research process. Confidentiality is the most important ethical consideration when conducting a research. It is the duty of the researcher to maintain integrity and protect the right of participants. A researcher can ensure confidentiality by coding information and also names of all participants.

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  7. Confidentiality in research means that the information collected from the research participants should be protected. Therefore, only the Researcher or individuals of the research team should be able to identify the responses of research participants. Confidentiality of data and anonymity of participants can be maintained by the researcher making every effort to prevent anyone outside of the Researcher from connecting individuals with their responses. The researcher can start by not presenting information that may lead to revealing identity of research participants (e.g., name, address, Email address, etc.).

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  8. Confidentiality is the safety of the data collected. Confidentially basically offers guarantee of defense to contributors or decrease the risk of individual who are seen as contributors and is involve in vigorous effort of researchers. Researchers must make every effort to prevent anyone outside of the project from connecting individual subjects with their responses. Providing anonymity of information collected from research participants means that either the project does not collect identifying information of individual subjects. Anonymity and confidentiality of participants are innermost to ethical research practice in social research.

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  9. According to Sacks (1997), “Confidentiality is the right to rely on the trust or discretion of another; the right of an individual to control access to and disclosure of private information entrusted to another.” As it relates to the action research that most of us have done or is in the process of doing the participant will give us confidential information; the onus is on us researchers to keep that information confidential and the participant identity anonymous. The following are some ways that we can ensure that confidentiality of data and anonymity of participants is preserve: limit access to identifiable information for example participants name and address, securely store data documents within locked locations; and/or assign security codes to computerized records.

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  10. Confidentiality refers to the treatment of information that an individual has disclosed in a situation of trust and with the expectation that if the information is divulged their identity will remain anonymous and it will in no way get link back to them. Having to do with research, data should be collected anonymously. In an action research like the one we are doing researchers have a duty to report on the findings of the research and they cannot do so if the data they collect is confidential (i.e. cannot be revealed). With that in mind, researchers can ensure that they do not disclose identifiable information about participants and to try to protect the identity of research participants through various processes designed to anonymise them. Researchers can use codes to present data as well as pseudonyms to protect participants identity.

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  11. Confidentiality in research relates to the protection of participants identities in a research process. This is the obligation of the researcher to safeguard entrusted information. The ethical duty of confidentiality includes obligations to protect information from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, modification, loss or theft. Fulfilling the ethical duty of confidentiality is essential to the trust relationship between researcher and participant, and to the integrity of the research project. Confidentially in the research process can be maintained by giving the participants anonymous name and withhold identity of participants.

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  12. Confidentiality can be defined as an explicit or implied guarantee by a researcher to a respondent research whereby the respondent is confident that any information provided to the researcher cannot be attributed back to that respondent. Furthermore, the assurance of confidentiality carries with it the additional implication that non-researchers cannot discover the respondent’s identity. Thus, confidentiality is an active attempt by researchers to remove any trace of respondent identities from the records.
    Making data ‘anonymous’ means removing the contributor’s name. However, you will often need to take more than this basic step to protect a participant’s identity. Other information can help to identify people, for example: job title, age, gender, length of service, membership of clubs, and strongly expressed opinions. The more pieces of information that are presented together, the easier it is to identify someone.Organisations, units, and groups may also need their anonymity protected. Geographical information, combined with the type of organisation, can give away identity quite quickly. Take as many precautions as you can to protect anonymity, and only promise the level of anonymity that you can realistically provide.

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  13. Confidentiality is the process of protecting an individual’s privacy. It pertains to treatment of information that an individual has disclosed in a relationship of trust with a researcher, with the expectation that this information will not be disclosed to others without permission. A researcher’s obligation to protect confidentiality is higher than the participant’s since research often does not provide benefit to the participant and provides no compelling reason to become involved in the research, so taking the participants privacy into consideration is key in conducting any research

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  14. Confidentiality in research is the researcher’s responsibility to keep information given by participants to ones’ self. To maintain anonymity of participants the researcher needs to change the participants initial name, and one needs to try to modify the data so that an outsider cannot identify a participant if it so happen that it was accidentally exposed.

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  15. It is very important that the information received by the researcher be kept strictly confidential. Confidentiality is the right of an individual to have personal information kept private. When someone confides in you as the researcher and gives personal information it should be treated with utmost care. One way to ensure the safety of the individual is not to use their real names, this would be a form of protecting their identity.

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  16. Confidentiality in research means that any information received to be use should be kept private right throughout the research process and even after. If a name is needed for ones safety, you do not use the person real name but use a fake for example, John Brown or jut their initials. Confidentiality and anonymity is very important in the research process.

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  17. Confidentiality and anonymity are related but distinct concepts. The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines confidentiality as: ‘spoken or written in confidence; charged with secrets’ while anonymity is defined as: ‘of unknown name, of unknown authorship’. In the ethics literature, confidentiality is commonly viewed as akin to the principle of privacy (Oliver, 2003; Gregory, 2003). This principle is integral to our societal beliefs that individuals matter and that individuals have the right for their affairs to be private, although as Bulmer (2001) notes, in our information-led society upholding this right is far from straightforward.

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  18. Confidentiality in research is of key importance as all the information that is collected from the participants should and must be handle with privately as the participants have that right for all their information held privately. So in order to ensure safety of the individual is not to use their correct name, inform them before hand of the content of what they will be taking part in and remember to inform them that you will always keep their identity safe.

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  19. Confidentiality and anonymity is an essential part of any research process as necessary provisions should be implimented to safeguard individuals personal identity. Researchers should ensure that personal information is kept in a secure manner in order to avoid disclosure. Additionally, it is important that reseachers ensue that contributors remain anonanonymous. Names, job title, age, gender or any other personal information should not be included in a research. In oder to prevent discrimination of contributors, confidentiality and anonymity is a key ingredient.

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  20. Confidentiality of data in research is essential. The information collected should be strictly confidential to safeguard participants anonymity. Grinyer(2001). States that anonymity of participants is key and should be practised.

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  21. Confidentiality of data is essential in research. The collection of information from participants should be strictly confidential so as to safeguard participants from the public. Grinyer (2001) states that participants anonymity should be practised in research. For research to be effective and ongoing it must be conducted under the mentioned criteria.

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  22. Confidentiality is an explicit or implied guarantee by a researcher to a respondent in research whereby the respondent is confident that any information provided to the researcher cannot be attributed back to that respondent. It is important to keeps one confidentiality in an research because in doing so the research will be seen as someone that can be trusted. This should be done to prevent a lot of confusing towards others.

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  23. Confidentiality is a charge to speak or write in secret. It is important to prevent public humiliation. Research is done to help in the development of human life and if we do not maintain confidentiality, persons will not want to participate in these researches. The researcher can maintain confidentiality by protecting the identity of the respondents by not using names. Anonymity is of unknown name or ownership; this can be maintain by using instrument that do not require names of participant or number codes can be used.

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  24. In every research it is imperative that confidentiality is maintained. I believe that a researcher must exercise confidentiality as persons on whom the research is been carried out are fearful of being exposed; and perhaps ridiculed for their response. The researcher himself would be brand as “bad researcher” if such animosity is not practiced. It may also hinder the researcher from being able to carry out future research because of bad reputation. To avoid such disgrace, a researcher can use code names or serial numbers to identify their subjects.

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  25. Confidentiality is the protection of information whether it is personal or not. It helps in research because it gives protection of persons within the research who usuallyu wants their identity to be hidden. Anonymity keeps participant anonymous. The researcher can use symbols and numbers to identify the participants of the research. When this is done, only the persons or person carrying out the research will be able to identify the person; hence their identity will be maintained.

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  26. Confidentiality refers to the protecting information collected from participants and reassuring them of anonymity. While the researcher may make his or her findings available to other researchers, the identity of participants should not be disclosed, especially if the research is inclusive of their personal or private life. It is the researcher’s ethical obligation and responsibility to protect participants identity and to present the data in a way that it will point in the direction of the participants.

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  27. According to my understanding, confidentiality in research refers to the protection of data collected during the research process. It is imperative that a researcher guards the data collected so as to protect the respondents and the data acquired. Confidentiality of data and anonymity of participants can be maintained during the research process through the researcher ensuring that he or she takes all the necessary precautions to safeguard the respondents who takes part in the research process. The researcher can do by this by not asking the respondents to provide too much personal information about themselves and also by ensuring that the data collected is carefully protected.

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  28. In any research we do we gather data from both secondary and primary sources with people being the main primary source. Therefore in the collection of this data for research a researcher must main confidentiality. According to Trochin (2006) “confidentiality relates to the extent to which the researcher protects the participant’s private information. It is of great importance that researchers practices confidentiality as it adds to his or her credibility in the research world. Participants will develop trust towards the researcher when he or she keeps important information confidential. In fact in maintaining confidentiality the researcher should collect data secretly and or remove or destroy anything that leads to the participant’s involvement.

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  29. When doing a research the researchers must keep in mind that the information that they receive must be kept confidential as to protect the true identity of the individual to whom they have received the information from, one way is to never use the correct name of the person. Confidentially can be defined as the treatment of information that an individual has disclosed in a relation of trust and with the expectation that it will not be divulged to others without the permission of the original disclosure.

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  30. Confidentiality is the protection of information that a person has given, this includes personal and private feelings. When conducting a research , the researcher should ensure that confidentiality and anonymity are strongly maintained by erasing participants name, age and job titles. Confidentiality creates trust between the participant and the researcher(s).

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  31. Confidentiality in research refers to the protection of participants privacy and identities in a research process. Confidentiality can be maintained if protocols are design to minimize the need to collect identifiable information about research subjects. Anonymity refers to concealing the identities of participants in all documents resulting from the research. In order to ensure safety and confidentiality of participants documents, the rights to anonymous should be maintained.

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  32. Confidentiality refers to the protection of the participants and the information collected. It is respecting feelings, stories and personal concerns that was shared with the researcher.

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