Issues in protection of human subjects in internet research.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: Despite the increasing use of the Internet among nurses, the use of the Internet in nursing research has been rarely discussed and critiqued in terms of issues in protection of human subjects. APPROACH: In this article, issues in protection of human subjects in Internet research are explored by analyzing an Internet study to propose directions for human protection in Internet research. RESULTS: Issues raised through the study include those related to (a) anonymity and confidentiality, (b) security, (c) self-determination and authenticity, (d) full disclosure, and (e) fair treatment. DISCUSSION: Based on discussion of the five issues, development of standardized guidelines, investigator triangulation, and information sharing are proposed as directions for protection of human subjects in Internet research.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Im, E-O; Chee, W

Published Date

  • July 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 51 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 266 - 269

PubMed ID

  • 12131239

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12131239

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-9847

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0029-6562

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00006199-200207000-00007


  • eng